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Cueball
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posted 23 March 2004 02:46 PM      Profile for Cueball   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
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Pretty good chronology. Good reference.


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aRoused
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posted 24 March 2004 05:18 AM      Profile for aRoused     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Here's another good one, giving more detail about the first three days:

CBC Link

To me, the turning point is this: Day Two

quote:
After prayers, they riot, tossing stones at police outside the compound and at Jewish worshippers in the Western Wall plaza far below. Police use gas, then rubber-coated steel slugs. Suddenly, though, people are dying. It is carnage. Not until hours later do the police admit using snipers with live ammunition. Police explained they felt lives were in danger, and that they used snipers to isolate and kill troublemakers. According to Israeli authorities, the precision of the snipers actually prevented even higher numbers of Arab dead. The Arabs called it murder, and even many Israeli commentators were flabbergasted. One newspaper columnist wrote that, in Israel now, Jewish lives are sacrosanct, whereas Arabs are just numbers, easy to kill in the powerful pretext of security. Was live ammunition really necessary? No matter. It was done.

Neil MacDonald also did a longer bit a few months after the intifada started, looking at the events of the first week, but I haven't been able to find it.


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Cueball
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posted 24 March 2004 06:24 AM      Profile for Cueball   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Chronlogies aside, I think the two political factors that set the scene, were Israel's refusal to stop settlement expansion, and Sharon's statement that he would not abide by a Barak peace accord. Tryig to set a begining point to the tit for tat escalation, is always open to contradiction just by picking a different date or event to start.

Some people like to begin there timelines with the execution of the two Israeli reservists. They are wrong of course. Nonetheless the timeline is still a useful tool. For instance all timelines agree that it was Israel that started the policy of targetting leadership, not the Palestinians.

The overall unwillingess of Israel to abide by the spirit of Oslo, from barak through Sharon has always been the primary force behind Palestinian discontent.


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josh
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posted 24 March 2004 11:44 AM      Profile for josh     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Good links, thanks. But both leave out the Camp David failure about six weeks earlier. In retrospect, Arafat was right about the timing of the conference. Whether postponement of the conference would have forestalled the intifada and Sharon's election, we'll never know. But the conference was held because of the pressing political needs of Barak and Clinton, not because it was the right time to do so.
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Cueball
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posted 24 March 2004 06:56 PM      Profile for Cueball   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
quote:
But the conference was held because of the pressing political needs of Barak and Clinton, not because it was the right time to do so.

I had never considered this perspective. Good.


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