West Bank Killings Follow Clashes At Al-Aqsa Mosque

    Photo: Ofer Vaknin/Haaretz

    The Facts

    • Israeli forces have arrested the suspected killers of an Ariel settlement guard shot in a West Bank attack late on Friday. The attack was claimed by Palestianian group Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, the armed wing of Fatah, that linked it to violence in Jerusalem. The deceased was later identified as Vyacheslav Golev.

    • In a separate incident overnight on Fri., a Palestinian man named Yahya Adwan was fatally shot in the chest during an Israeli army operation in the town of Azzun.


    The Spin

    Pro-Palestine narrative

    While tragic, such operations come as a reaction to Israeli acts of aggression against Palestinians. Attacks carried out by Israeli settlers, right-wing militants and occupation soldiers are driving the security situation by radicalizing Palestinians to seek revenge.

    Pro-Israel narrative

    This is but the latest in a recent outbreak of violence promoted by Palestinians against Israel. With days of national celebration approaching, Israeli security forces must be on the look-out for more heinous terrorist activity, especially in Jerusalem where attackers may be seeking to damage the fabric of life.

    Nerd narrative

    There is a 10% chance that Israel and Palestine will hold peace talks in 2022, according to the Metaculus Prediction Community.


    Establishment split

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