What Today's Confrontation Outside the Al-Aqsa Mosque Means for the Ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians

Yesterday, in a temporary truce between Hamas and Israel, the terrorist organization quit tossing rockets into Israel. Both sides claimed victory.


But in the always volatile and decades-old confrontation between Palestinians and Israelis, it didn’t take long for Israeli police to use their weapons to confront young Palestinians outside Jerusalem’s fabled al-Aqsa mosque, causing many to flee (https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/21/middleeast/israel-palestinian-conflict-friday-intl/index.html).


Ever on the alert, associate solitary reporter Mahmoud Ahmad was able, in the twinkling of an eye, to diagnose the situation.


“SR,” he texted us, “Bibi Netanyahu is, as usual, up to no good at all.”


“He was glad to accept the help of Egypt’s strongman, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, to get the ceasefire, but then he forgot that Friday prayers are sacred to Muslims, so, once again, he resisted the hostile actions of young Palestinians outside the Al-Aqsa mosque, one of the holiest sites in the world for Muslims — that, after Israeli police had, only twelve days ago, started evicitng Palestinians from East Jerusalem, which is what provoked protests against Israel all over the world, leading Hamas to start tossing their Iran-supplied rockets into southern Israel.”


“Then,” Ahmad continued, “Netanyahu remembered that his close personal friend, Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s Son-in-Law-in-Chief, had pushed through an anachronitic Abraham Accord, under which Bahrain and the United Arab Emerites agreed to establish diplomatic relations with Israel.”


“And Kushner then said some really stupid stuff about the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians being just some unimportant quibbles about real estate.” Ahmad was referring to https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/20/opinions/jared-kushners-middle-east-fantasy-bergen/index.html.


“So now we’re back to where we were before the cease-fire,”


“SR, don’t hold your breath about a breakthrough toward peace between Hamas, Israel, and the Palestinitan Authority."