Chances of 'third intifada' low, say security chief

Sunday, March 09, 2008 |  by Staff Writer

Israel's security chiefs told Sunday's cabinet meeting in Jerusalem that the chances of a third intifada, or Arab uprising, against Israel are low.

Many around the country feared that a third intifada had indeed already begun when Palestinians and Israeli Arabs last weekend responded to Israel's ongoing war against the Gaza terrorist infrastructure by erupting in an orgy of violence against every Israeli soldier and Jewish civilian they could find.

Last Thursday's attack on the Merkaz Harav yeshiva in Jerusalem by an Israeli Arab gunman, the first successful mass-casualty terrorist incident in the capital in years, was also viewed as another indication that a fresh wave of Muslim violence had arrived.

However, Yuval Diskin, head of the Israel Security Agency or Shin Bet, estimated that unless Israel somehow caused damage to a major Muslim holy place, such as the mosques that occupy Jerusalem's Temple Mount, or Palestinian casualties in the war on terror dramatically increased, those who would like to incite more Arab violence would find it difficult to maintain a large enough number of active participants.

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