Israeli defense officials say the killing of two IDF soldiers in recent days again demonstrates that the Palestinian Authority either can't or won't honor its security obligations as part of any peace agreement.
Israel's primary goal in the peace process is to end decades of Arab violence against the nation's Jewish population. Even the demand that the Palestinian Authority officially recognize Israel as the Jewish state is tied to this goal, as it will blunt arguments that terrorism against Israel is justified because the Jews are foreign usurpers.
But the Palestinian Authority's current behavior betrays the fact that its intentions are not in line with Israel's in this regard.
"Over the past few months, there have been numerous instances in which terror attacks were foiled, but all were foiled solely by the Israelis," a senior defense source told the left-leaning Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz.
That same source noted that the Palestinian Authority has done little to arrest the perpetrators of recent acts of violence against Israeli Jews, and that not one terrorist had been tried by Palestinian courts over the past year.
The situation again leaves many Israelis to wonder, if the Palestinian Authority either cannot or will not fulfill its primary peace obligations, what is the point of the peace process in the first place?