Does anybody else get the uncomfortably ominous feeling that the sudden eruption of this "spontaneous" Third Intifada is not happening by accident or in isolation, but is part of a larger, coordinated operation? Just look at the effect it's having in Israel and the reaction from the IDF:
The Israeli military began deploying hundreds of troops in Israeli cities Wednesday to assist police forces in countering a wave of deadly Palestinian shooting and stabbing attacks that have created panic across the country.
The military's deployment of six companies marks the first implementation of measures by Israel's security cabinet to counter the attacks that have intensified dramatically in recent days. The cabinet met late into the night and announced steps early Wednesday that included allowing police to seal off points of friction or incitement. Many of the recent attackers have come from Arab areas of Jerusalem, prompting calls to seal off those neighborhoods to contain potential attackers.
The cabinet also decided to strip residency rights and demolish homes of some attackers and draft hundreds more security guards to secure public transport.
Israeli police said three soldiers had already been incorporated into their deployment on the streets.
Israeli authorities are also burying dead Palestinian attackers in unmarked graves rather than return th corpses to their families to serve as inspiration for revenge and further attacks.
This is in no way to suggest that Israeli security and military authorities aren't taking the correct and necessary steps to try and contain this latest uprising. They're doing what they have to do to protect Israeli citizens as best they can. But, at least to me, it feels like they're being manipulated, almost herded into doing so, as if these Israeli countermeasures are exactly what "someone" is intending to provoke, perhaps as a distraction or a means of tying down the IDF's attention from other planned operations outside Israel's borders that are shortly to be set into motion.
Israeli authorities have already started moving towards that conclusion:
Israeli security officials, however, said Tuesday's seemingly coordinated attacks indicated that the outburst of violence was starting to take on a more organized fashion, from groups behind the planning and those carrying out attacks. The officials, speaking anonymously according to regulations, said Israel expects the current wave to last at least a few more weeks.
The attacks have caused panic in Israel and raised fears that the region is on the cusp of a new round of heavy violence.
Indeed. Perhaps in coordination with the "heavy violence" that is ongoing in parallel in neighboring Syria, where Russian and Iranian forces are already deployed? Sure, they're there to prop up Boy Assad, but would not Syria also be a prime frontline staging area for a conventional attack against Israel as well?
If my theory is correct, this operation will unfold in escalating stages, which means that another round of conflict with Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon will be next.
Keep a weather eye out, folks. In the words of Hank McCoy at the end of X-Men: First Class, "It's about to get bumpy."