It has become a familiar chain of events: A Palestinian attack on an Israeli target, is met with what's seen as a grossly disproportionate Israeli response.

A shooting in Tel Aviv on Wednesday took the lives of four Israeli civilians.

Israel responded by imposing sweeping restrictions on Palestinians and revoking 83,000 entry permits, a move the UN says may amount to collective punishment.

What's fuelling the vicious circle? And is anyone interested in stopping it any more?

Presenter: Sami Zeidan


Daniel Levy - Middle East and North Africa Programme director at the EU Council on Foreign Relations

Mitchell Barak - A political analyst and a former spokesman for the Israeli President Shimon Peres

Ali Abunimah - Co-founder of the online news publication Electronic Intifada

Source: Al Jazeera