While it has been a year since a rash of stabbings and car-ramming attacks have been carried out against Israel and her people, the early Sunday terrorist shooting in Jerusalem seems different. The Times of Israel's Avi Issacharoff writes that the shooting attack could suggest a new - and much more violent - set of terrorism:
There have been other deadly attacks in exactly the same spot in northern Jerusalem in recent years. But the weapons used in those attacks were cars, tractors and knives.
This time, a sense emerges from Palestinian media and social networks that the attack is being presented as a template for future actions in the so-called “Al-Quds Intifada.”
The gunman was linked to a group that hassles non-Muslim visitors to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, and had already been convicted of attacking police officers who tried to bar his access to the flash-point holy site.
Palestinian elements, both extremist and less so, who are encouraging this new uprising, are not satisfied with the spate of knife attacks and car-rammings that characterized the violence of the past year. They want to spark a full-scale armed assault. But to do so, they need to undermine the security coordination between Israel and the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank. Hamas has repeatedly, if unsuccessfully, tried to encourage more and more attacks in its pursuit of that goal.
The differences between Sunday’s attack and its predecessors suggest this incident could change that reality...