Is Intifada 3.0 on the Way in the Palestinian Territories?

Is Intifada 3.0 on the Way in the Palestinian Territories?

JERUSALEM -- With Condoleezza Rice in town and multiple meetings between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in recent weeks, there is little doubt that the season of peace has come again to the Middle East: Peace, as in peace process.

Few people, however, seem persuaded that an end to the decades-old conflict between Israelis and Palestinians is at hand. In fact, the word one hears more often these days is "Intifada" -- as in Palestinian uprising; as in a new outbreak of deadly violence between the two sides. That may seem odd, considering that top-level government officials from the United States, Israel and the Palestinian Territories are hard at work on a document to lay the groundwork for a planned meeting this November in Annapolis, Md.

But most observers, from Jews, Arabs and Christians on the street to political analysts and seasoned observers, say the chances for success at Annapolis are remote.

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