On Friday, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said he expects a new Palestinian intifada in the next year or so.
Yaalon added that he believes a “peace agreement” between the two parties will be reached within the next couple of years.
He said he believes the Palestinian Authority (PA) will eventually be able to implement a two-state solution.
But, Yaalon noted, the Palestinian leadership does not have the capacity to negotiate a peace deal with Israel.
A peace agreement would require the “passionate commitment” of the Palestinian people, Yaalev said, and that’s something that is not going to be possible.
While Yaalon’s comments do not rule out the possibility of a new intifadas in the future, it is unlikely.
The PA is not a reliable partner for peace talks, as it is the main driver of the ongoing conflict, and is currently at war with Israel, which has occupied the West Bank for more than a century.
Yaalon’s remarks come amid a surge in violence in the West, with Israel blaming Palestinian militants for the spike in attacks and saying it will continue to take necessary measures to protect itself.
Israel has also launched military operations in the Gaza Strip, as well as in the occupied West Bank, in response to rocket attacks on Israeli communities and infrastructure.
On Monday, the Israeli military said that an Israeli woman and two children were killed when a Palestinian man drove into a crowd and opened fire on soldiers during clashes near the northern Israeli city of Beit El.