The Israeli government response, though restrained, in Gaza and the West Bank was more robust at the Lebanese and Syrian border,a sign of their fears.... ofHizballah and a spill over of the uprising in Syria and the possibility of a war on both fronts. P.M. Netanyahu saw this as a threat to "very existence of Israel" not "over 1967 borders". Abbas, president of PLO , on the other hand said "The blood of the Nakba fatalities was not spilled in vain. They died for a Palestinian people's rights and freedom", and Ali Baraka, a Hamas representative stated that "The Palestinians are not less rebellious than other Arab peoples".
This year's protest was unprecedented. For the first time, supporters from Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Egypt, and the refugees from Gaza and the West Bank tried to breach the border from all sides. They were inspired by the recent protests in the Arab world and used the same social network to coordinate. It could be also that authorities in, especially Lebanon and Syria, were using the Palestinian cause to deflect attention from internal problems
With no peace talks(broken down,& US special envoy has given up also), and with the Palestinians calling for the United Nations to declare Palestinian statehood in September, violence could be the defining factor, replacing the relative peace of the past two years.
There is no turning back.What began in Tunisia and Egypt, and erupted in violent clampdowns in Syria, Libya and Bahrain etc. is now the raison d'etre in the Palestinian refugee camps.
Iacta alea est.