Palestinian sources said the PA wants to see the violence ebb "so not to give Israel an excuse for agitation while peace talks were ongoing and so close to the end of the settlement freeze." The sources added that the PA wanted to refrain from any escalation which Israel may use an excuse to delay negotiations.What's left unsaid is that the incident was precipitated and caused by Palestinian rioters in the first place- when they attacked a vehicle carrying private Israeli security guards heading to their homes in Silwan. They were cornered, cut off, and rocks were thrown at the vehicle. The security guard fired in the air to no effect, and took a single shot at the rioters - killing one. That led to a mass outbreak of rioting in all the usual locations.
Both Fatah and PA sources said they believe the violence will die down Thursday, although they could not rule out sporadic violence during the three-day mourning period called for Sarchan.
Senior Fatah member Mohammad Dahlan said Israel was trying to stir up a third intifada, defining Sarchan's shooting by an Israeli security guard as "crossing all the red lines."
But for the Palestinians rioting and throwing rocks at the Israelis, the Israeli security guard would not have fired in self-defense. No rioting by Palestinians, no additional riots at the Temple Mount.
It's just more of the same from Fatah.
Senior Fatah member Mohammad Dahlan said Israel was trying to stir up a third intifada, defining Sarchan's shooting by an Israeli security guard as "crossing all the red lines."The Palestinians say one thing, and then go about creating situations that lead to more violence and the need for Israelis to protect themselves up to and including the use of deadly force. It's called preparing the ground in the negotiations and the Palestinians are trying to paint the Israelis as the reason for the latest round to eventually fail. They're further hoping that the media ignores the precipitating act and instead focuses on the Israeli crackdown and the death of the Palestinian in the midst of the rioting; it is propagandizing and hoping to capitalize on the body count.
A Fatah Central Committee spokesman said that the incident was "part of a scheme by the Netanyahu government to thwart the negotiation and continue the Judaization of Jerusalem. Israel wants to return to the cycle of violence and altercation to force us into a solution convenient to it – a temporary state within the borders of the security fence."