Period | Today marks the twentieth anniversary of the Aqsa Intifada, or the Second Intifada. This historic Palestinian uprising was sparked by Ariel Sharon, when he brazenly visited the Haram al-Sharif with a large police escort.
The uprising conveyed the distress of the Palestinian public: there was a general sentiment that partaking in negotiations without exerting pressure would lead nowhere. The Camp David negotiations of July 2000, in which final status issues were not resolved, was a prominent example of this failed tactic, as it had allowed the confiscation of Palestinian lands and the expansion of illegal settlements to continue unhindered.
Read more about this period in Palestinian history.