Any partnership – however unlikely – needs communication.

Last night, Jerusalem experienced a shooting massacre by an East Jerusalem Arab resident at a religious Zionist yeshiva towards the center of the city. Eight boys, between the ages of 15-26, are dead and dozens are wounded. This was the first terror attack in Jerusalem since April 2006 and it completely caught us – at least, regular residents – off guard.

I’ve been a hawk about the news since it happened, and just learned something new, and somewhat positive, amidst all this terrible information. Apparently, the Israel Defense Forces and the Palestinian security forces hold meetings every few months in order to discuss strategies of keeping both sides safe and at bay to avoid conflicts or flare-ups:

After a week of violent demonstrations in the West Bank in response to IDF activities in the Gaza Strip, IDF commanders and PA security chiefs met Thursday to review the recent incidents and to reach mutual agreements on preventing further flare-ups.

Such meetings between IDF and Palestinian security counterparts are held once every two to three months, and this meeting was scheduled long before the recent flare-ups. But hours before the two sides met, IDF troops were hard at work overnight in the West Bank, intercepting a truck filled with a material that can be used in producing explosive devices. (jpost)

It’s nice to see that there is at least some mode of communication between the security forces on both sides; I guess there is a mutual need for that communication which is why it exists. If I can even call it this, it’s at least a minute bit of comfort after last night’s tragedies. Although, if I think about it for another second, and consider the celebrations in Gaza last night, I suppose the IDF and PA communication doesn’t add up to very much.

Yesterday was actually Jerusalem’s first day of spring, weather-wise. There’s something about the weather getting warmer and the terrorist attacks starting up. The words “third intifada” are creeping from people’s lips.

It’s going to be a long season this year.

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