The current wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence and reprisals has already been dismissed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as only the latest upsurge of terror the Israelis have had to contend with. Sadly, as in previous cases, this ongoing tragedy is unlikely to generate the kind of scrutiny the problem warrants.
Israeli-Palestinian tensions, the plight of the Palestinians’ and the radicalization of many of its youth is treated today by many governments the world over as either an unsolvable and thus unworthy issue or a negligible, local security one. The rise of ISIS, the most threatening breed of transnational militant jihadism the region has ever witnessed, contributes to that perspective.
After al-Qaeda, ISIS has brought back the focus of experts and analysts on the root causes of extremism and militant jihadism and how al-Qaeda is in many ways a precursor of ISIS. However, practically absent from most discussions on the origins of transnational jihadism is the role Palestinian refugees played in the development of that ideology.
It is evident Netanyahu and his cabinet are determined to deny Palestinians their own state and at the very least turn a blind eye to settlement expansion.Manuel al-Meida