While President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry attempted to cajole the Israeli government into compromising with the Palestinians -- with Kerry even accusing the Jewish state of practicing apartheid -- Israel endured a number of terrorist attacks including bombings, according to a report released by a think-tank in Israel on May 7. 2014.
During Kerry's visits with Israeli government officials in April, there were 89 terrorist attacks within Israel's borders. Eighty of them were carried out in Judea and Samaria while seven were perpetrated in Jerusalem. The remaining two attacks were perpetrated in other locations inside Israel, according to Meir Amit Information Center in Israel.
The majority of the terrorist attacks by Palestinian terrorist involved use of Molotov cocktails in 75 attacks. There were also 13 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) bombings and there was one attack involving alleged terrorist gunmen.
During the first week of May, the terrorist violence continued in Judea and Samaria, most of it attributed to the so-called "popular resistance." Stones were thrown at Israeli civilians and Israeli security forces and Molotov cocktails were thrown at vehicles on main roads.
For example, Palestinian protesters threw rocks at a Jewish house located in east Jerusalem, with one of the stones hitting a security officer in his head. Israeli Border Police soldiers tried to disperse the Palestinians but they were also attacked with stones, according to Tazpit News Agency.
That same day, stones were thrown at an Israeli bus near northwest of Jerusalem, injuring a five-month-old infant. Meanwhile on May 6, 2014, stones were thrown at a civilian bus traveling from Hamzeh to the Israeli village of Adam. The bus was damaged, but there were no casualties, according to the same Tazpit news story.
This week, following a meeting of the Palestinian Liberation Organization's Central Council, the Palestinians' leaders debated the possibility of escalating and broadening the so-called "popular struggle." They are quoted as saying that if the Palestinians should resume peace talks with Secretary Kerry and the Israeli negotiators the "peaceful popular struggle would have to be used as a means to exert pressure on Israel," according to the Meir Amit.
"Unfortunately, the United States news media -- always prepared to carry President's Obama water -- ignored reports of Palestinian terrorist activities and few news organizations reported on Secretary Kerry's use of the loaded accusation that Israel practices apartheid against the 'innocent' Palestinian people," said former police commander Lyle Zavilawitz.