In the beginning, the natural skeptics on the left were the only Israelis who said it out loud. It was followed by former defense minister and chief of staff Moshe Yaolon, who linked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s personal interests to the violent fighting that began in East Jerusalem and spread to the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip in Israel. “Increased security helps both Netanyahu and Hamas for internal political reasons,” Yahlon tweeted.
Even then, Avigdor Lieberman, the former defense minister and chairman of the Israel Baitenu party, declared that “its strategic objectives [military] The operation is to improve Netanyahu’s public opinion. As long as Lapid is in charge of forming the government, Netanyahu will try to increase this activity. ”
In fact, the incoming Israeli prime minister made no significant effort to contain the violence. Last month he could have ordered police to remove him Road block from Damascus Gate In the old city of Jerusalem. Why did he wait until it became a battleground between the police and hundreds of Palestinians? Why did he allow the police to throw stun grenades at the Al-Aqsa Mosque during prayers?
Yesh Lapid, chairman of the Yes Atid party, a former finance minister, and leader of the so-called “change bloc”, had the answer before the rise began. Shortly after the March 23 election, he met with Benny Gantz, Minister of Defense and chairman of the White and Blue Alliance, and was told by Heritage writer Yossi Verti the following: If Netanyahu thinks the government is slipping his finger, he will try to create a security situation. On the Gaza or northern border. If he thinks this is the only way to save him, he will not hesitate for a moment.
For the past two years, Netanyahu has been fighting for his political career with what he has got. He has been Accused of fraud and corruption And if he falls out of power, he could potentially face a large prison sentence.
He now fears the “change block”, which is part of Lapid and Gantz and it arose in an attempt to oust him from power. It includes right-wing Lieberman, right-wing Yamina Party chief Naftali Bennett and Gideon Sa, head of the Liquid Splinter “New Hope”, as well as Labor leader and leftist Merv Michael. Nitzan Horowitz, head of the party, and Meritz. The sole purpose of forming a government was to exclude Netanyahu from this heterogeneous and rather fragile alliance.
After Netanyahu failed to form a government for the fourth time in two years, the president proposed a mandate to Lapid, the leader of the largest party in the “change bloc,” which has 17 orders in the Knesset. The latest wave of violence found him in his latest attempt to end talks with the other side.
Until a few days ago there was a “change block” with less than four of the 611 Knesset votes needed to carry out this mission. These votes were expected to come from the Palestinians Raam PartyLed by Mansur Abbas. He promised that any political alliance would be able to form a government.
As tensions escalate in Jerusalem, Yaolon called on leaders of the “change bloc” to speed up steps to form a new government. However, it seems that his advice came a little late.
On May 13, the block fell apart. Bennett announced that he was leaving the “change bloc” and was resuming talks with Netanyahu. Lapid said he would continue to try to form a government, but his options have shrunk dramatically.
In addition to Mansour, he will have to explain the joint list of Palestinians to “replace” Bennett’s party. If he fails to do so in less than three weeks, he will have to return the order to the President. In that case, Netanyahu could lead the country to a fifth election in two years, and in the meantime appoint an attorney general who would find a way to stop his trial.
At this point, one must ask whether the “change bloc”, depending on the Palestinian political forces, will be able to avoid the next round of fighting between the occupiers and the resistance forces. Can a Palestinian-Israeli politician be in a government that orders the police to attack Muslims at the Al-Aqsa Mosque during Ramadan and send pilots to bomb Gaza and kill innocent Palestinian children?
The different responses to current events show a huge gap between potential partners in the “change block”. Abbas and other Palestinian Knesset members must take a step away from new potential partners, but Zionist leaders will not be able to return to their constituencies, fearing Hamas rocket barriers and inter-communal violence in mixed cities.
SAAR called on Netanyahu and Gantz to immediately respond to attacks on Israeli civilians. He promised that his party would support the government’s strong response to bring back the frustration. Lapid added that he would support the government’s move to “fight Israel’s enemies.” None of the center-right leaders has said a word about the source of the conflict, nor has it provided a strategy for reaching a political solution.
The escalation in the occupied territories is a reminder that the “change bloc” must change its passive policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its discriminatory policy towards the Israeli-Palestinian minority. Current events remind us that no Israeli government is in favor of ignoring the issue without compromising the security of Israeli citizens, endangering relations with neighboring Arab countries, and without opposing the international community.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is just like two geared cars: “drive” and “reverse”. You must choose between the two. There is no “parking” or “neutral”. If you have not made progress, you are doomed to retreat.
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