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CIA Director Warns a Third Intifada Could Break out Soon

February 8, 2023

by: Itamar Eichner ~ Ynet

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Palestinian rioters confronting security forces during the Second Intifada.

Wednesday, 8 February 2023 | CIA director William Burns voiced his concern about the fragile state of affairs with regards to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, saying the current tensions between Israel and the Palestinian Authority [PA] could soon lead to a third intifada (uprising).

Burns two weeks ago returned from a trip to the region, where he met Israeli and Palestinian officials.

Speaking at Georgetown University in Washington DC, Burns said that conversations with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and PA President [Mahmoud] Abbas “left me with doubts and concerns.”

“I was a senior diplomat during the Second Intifada, and now we see some unhappy reminders of what we saw then. Part of the responsibility of the CIA is to work closely with both Israeli and Palestinian security services to prevent a violent uprising. It’s a big challenge.

“The biggest lesson I’ve learned in all my years in the Middle East is to always have humility. Too often the United States has strolled in thinking we can alter regions of the world we don’t understand. Perhaps we could disengage from the Middle East, but that region has the bad tendency of keeping us involved.”

Posted on February 8, 2023

Source: (Excerpt from article originally published by Ynetnews on February 7, 2023. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: Nadav Ganot (נדב גנות) / IDF Spokesperson's Unit/

Photo License: Wikimedia

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