Palestine on the Brink

The Unsustainable Status Quo

Members of Hamas' security forces cast shadows on a wall, September 12, 2010. Ismail Zaydah / Reuters

On January 31, Amjad Sukkari, a Palestinian father of four, drove to an Israeli military checkpoint just outside of the central West Bank city of Ramallah. As he approached what's locally known as the “VIP” crossing—it is used by diplomats, humanitarian workers, and Palestinian Authority (PA) officials—Sukkari, who was part of the Ramallah district attorney's security detail, drew a gun and shot three soldiers, wounding them, before he was killed himself.

Sukkari's attack marked the second time in recent months that a PA security officer had opened fire on Israelis. The first time was in December 2015, when an intelligence officer shot two Israelis at the Hizma checkpoint near Jerusalem. Mazen Ariebeh, also a father of four, was shot dead at the scene. He happened to be the nephew of Saeb Erekat, a lead Palestinian negotiator of the 1993 Oslo Accords, which led to the establishment of the PA.

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