Unrest, instability, intifada — whatever its name, it’s in Hamas’s interest

Security and police are seen at the Ammunition Hill Light Rail station in Jerusalem, where a baby was killed and several injured last night in a terror attack, Thursday, October 23, 2014. (photo credit: Hadas Parush/Flash90)
The simmering violence in Jerusalem, culminating in Wednesday’s fatal terror attack, may not have a moniker, but it is a flame that Hamas wants to spread to the West Bank.

By Mitch GinsburgThe Times of Israel

Whether the violence in Jerusalem since the gruesome murder of Muhammad Abu-Khdeir in July amounts to a Third Intifada will only be clear in hindsight. But what the murder on Wednesday of Chaya Zissel Braun has shown, beyond the ruthlessness of the act and the enduring tension in Jerusalem, is the shrewdness of Hamas’s strategy of overthrowing the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank by, of all things, persistently killing innocent Israelis.

That is one of the ways Israel should view the recent developments in Jerusalem. When Abdel Rahman al-Shaludi, a Hamas member and relative of a former head of the organization’s armed wing, turned his car into a lethal weapon on Wednesday, he was, whether by design or not, acting exactly according to the alleged Hamas coup plans exposed in August.

At the time, the Shin Bet said that it had exposed a Hamas plan to “overthrow the Palestinian Authority and seize control of Judea and Samaria.”

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