“Of course, Palestinians will welcome improvements to their standards of living,” Ms. Odeh added. “But they’re not going to forget they’re occupied.”
A recent summit meeting in the Negev desert between four Arab foreign ministers and their Israeli and American counterparts also exacerbated a feeling of hopelessness among many Palestinians.
The Recent Rise in Terrorist Attacks in Israel
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A rash of violence. The recent wave of terrorism across Israel has become one of the deadliest periods in the country in several years. A shooting on April 7 was the fourth lethal attack since March 22, and brought the total death toll in recent weeks to at least 13 people.
Concerns of more attacks. The violence has heightened fears of more attacks this month, when the rare convergence of Ramadan, Passover and Easter is expected to raise tensions further between Israelis and Palestinians.
Why these attacks are different. Before this, recent violence in Israel was generally carried out with knives, so this current surge in the use of firearms has been of particular concern to security officials, because it implies a different level of forethought and resources.
The meeting was the first diplomatic gathering of so many Arab dignitaries on Israeli soil, and was held near the grave of David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister. It was also near land central to a continuing territorial dispute between Bedouin families and the Israeli state — a case that, to young Palestinians, has become emblematic of their wider predicament.
For many Palestinians, this combination of factors made the meeting a scene of “absolute humiliation,” Ms. Odeh said. “I don’t think anyone in Palestine didn’t see those images and get angry.”
In addition, a small minority of young Palestinians may increasingly turn to violence because of their growing anger at the Palestinian leadership, analysts said.
Initially seen as the government of a state-in-waiting, the Palestinian Authority is now considered by a majority of Palestinians, polling suggests, as a byword for corruption.
The authority’s president, Mahmoud Abbas, is seen as increasingly autocratic. He canceled Palestinian elections last March, nominally because Israel would not permit Palestinians to vote in Jerusalem, but also because, privately, he feared losing, according to people familiar with his thinking.