It does not actually matter if we are in the midst of the Third Intifada or are just sliding into it quickly. What is important right now is to stop the escalation that led to the deadly stabbing attack Saturday in the Old City. And in order to do so one must calm the area by reducing the friction between Jews and Palestinians in Jerusalem and in the West Bank.
Alongside military measures required for conflict prevention, the political measures taken should be unconventional. For example, convening a direct meeting between Abbas and Netanyahu. Not to discuss resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but to discuss a de-escalation.