Arab demonstrations, vehicle stonings and shooting attacks have dropped off significantly since the death of Arafat.
However, on the secret and ominous side of things the Israeli army base between the village of Hawara and Shechem (Nablus), Bat Shalosh, appears to be being quietly dismantled. Fences, buildings and equipment are being removed. Whatever is going on has not been made public (yet)...
On Saturday's, when most of the West Bank Jewish community is celebrating Shabbos (the Sabbath), 10's of heavily loaded UN labeled semi-trucks head down the main road from Jerusalem towards Shechem (Nablus). This has become a regular event, though the numbers are growing rather startling (over 120 counted in a single weekend), as is the fact that the trucks are unescorted, no security or protection.
Yesterday at Tzomet Tapuach (Apple Junction), the main East-West North-South crossroads in the Shomron (West Bank) north of Jerusalem, 2 UN humvee's were stopped and unloaded 25 fully armed blue-helmet UN troops, at least one of which appeared to be very high ranking.
In the past two weeks, U.S. consular armored Suburban's have also been seen traveling the roads in the area as well (recognizable via unique appearence, traveling in pairs and diplomatic plates).
West bank Israeli army bases being dismantled, heavily loaded UN supply trucks headed in, UN troops and high ranking officers in the area, U.S. consular vehicles in the area. What's going on that's being kept quiet???
Examples of towns between Shechem (Nablus) and Jerusalem...
West Bank Arab Town