When Abbas began talks last month to form a unity government with Hamas, the Israelis saw the move as a provocation.
Hamas says this was a provocation; it started firing rockets en masse, ending the unwritten cease-fire in effect since June.
For us this was a provocation, at this time this is problematic.
c.1400, from Old French provocacion (12c.) and directly from Latin provocationem (nominative provocatio) "a calling forth, a summoning, a challenge," noun of action from past participle stem of provocare "to call out" (see provoke).