Unsettling violence has once more erupted in the Middle East--this time, in the heart of Israel.
The latest incident surrounds Jerusalem's prominent holy site for both Judaism and Islam. The global Jewish community knows it as the Temple Mount; Muslims call it Haram al-Sharif, the Noble Sanctuary.
On Thursday, unknown individuals attempted to assassinate Yehuda Glick, a Jewish activist who advocates returning the Muslim-administered site to Jewish hands. Shortly thereafter, police killed a Palestinian man suspected of involvement in the plot.
Resulting uproar in East Jerusalem and the West Bank was quelled just in time for Muslim prayers at the site on Friday . The underlying conflict won't settle so quickly.
As a matter of fact, the site's ownership may have opened an entirely new Pandora's Box--whose contents may include raised contention between Israel and Jordan , who have a deep interest in the site; as well as scrutiny over the Palestinian Authority's strength in the West Bank .
Tensions are high and, like so many, we at USDemocrazy are concerned that things could unravel quickly.
Is it possible that we will see a resolution to these problems in our life time?