JERUSALEM, Israel -- There's been talk that a third intifada -- armed Palestinian uprising -- may be brewing. Some dismiss the notion as baseless while others sense it's true.
Rock, knife, firebomb attacks and vandalism -- "popular resistance" -- in Judea and Samaria are on the increase, but so are attacks within the so-called green line, defined today as separating Israeli territory inside the 1949 armistice lines from areas inhabited by Palestinians that came under Israeli sovereignty in the Six-Day War.
While many attribute attacks to stalled Israeli-Palestinian talks, blaming Israel for fomenting frustration, a closer look reveals otherwise.
As Palestinian leadership talks of retrieving all of "Palestine," school children are taught that Haifa, Tel Aviv, Jaffa and Jerusalem will one day be theirs.
During the second intifada (2000 - 2004) weekly suicide bombings in Israeli cities became the "norm." In the midst of the carnage, life continued, as people strove for normalcy in between attacks.
Though suicide bombings mostly stopped when the intifada ended, the incitement did not.
In August 2005, under former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, the government carried out a unilateral pullout from the Gush Katif Settlement Bloc in the Gaza Strip. Twenty-one thriving Jewish communities near Gaza and four in Samaria were bulldozed and nearly 10,000 residents expelled in the hope it would lead to peace with the Palestinians.
Instead, terror training camps sprang up where towns once stood and rocket attacks on southern Israel increased exponentially.
The following spring, a Hamas-led terror cell tunneled under the border between Gaza and Israel and attacked an Israeli army outpost, killing two soldiers, wounding three and kidnapping IDF Cpl. Gilad Shalit. More than five years later, Israel exchanged 1,000 terror prisoners for Shalit.
A few weeks after Shalit's kidnapping, a cross-border attack on an IDF post in the north killed more soldiers and sparked the Second Lebanon War in the summer of 2006.
Last year, the U.N. General Assembly granted nonmember status to the Palestinian Authority -- a step on the road to achieving statehood -- after a failed bid in the Security Council the year before. That designation also emboldened the P.A. to continue presenting preconditions for resuming talks it knows Israel cannot meet.
Meanwhile, Hamas and Islamic Jihad are busy training the next generation of jihadists, teaching them they can and will defeat the Zionists within their lifetimes.