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By Khalid Amayreh
PIC, Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, May
The new Israeli coalition government is likely to be the most
extremist since Israel's creation in Palestine 67 years ago. The composition
of the government leaves no doubt as to the direction it will take and
policies it will adopt at the domestic front, toward the Palestinians and
The Israeli opposition leader, Isaac Herzog, has
labeled the new government "the weakest, the most extortionist, and
narrowest government in Israel's history." Writing on his Facebook page,
Herzog described the new coalition as one "of no responsibility, no
governance and no stability." These epithets and descriptions can be viewed
as controversial, coming from the leadership of a political party that lost
the recent elections.
However, from a third-party perspective, e.g.
a Palestinian view point, and in light of the composition of the new
coalition, we can assume that the next Israeli government will be the most
fascist, most extremist, most pugnacious and most anti-peace government in
the Jewish state's history.
The government will include explicitly
murderous elements, including Ayelet Shaked, who openly called for murdering
innocent civilians, including children.
The new government will be a
government of settlers, for the settlers and by the settlers. Indeed, with a
fanatical settler leader the aforementioned Shaked becoming "Justice
Minister," it is expected that the entire justice system in Israel will be
manipulated in the service of the fascist-minded settlers and their crazy
ambitions, namely the seizure of more Palestinian land and property as well
as the possible expulsion of many Palestinians from their ancestral
Needless to say, the settlers' strategy is to establish a
racist Jewish state, "unspoiled and uncontaminated by goyem."
new government is also expected to complete the process of killing and
burying the already moribund peace process.
Given the clear-cut
fascist mindset of the bulk of its coalition partners, the new government
will strongly resist any potential international pressure coming from the
West, including Israel's guardian-ally the United States.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and right-wing allies already view U.S.
President Barak Obama with utter contempt. Netanyahu's obvious disrespect of
the man in the White House was brazenly illustrated shortly before the
Israeli elections, when the Israeli premier flew in the face of the White
House by delivering a speech in Congress, against the wishes of Obama.
One Israeli commentator intimated that Netanyahu's unspoken words then
sounded like this: 'I, not Obama, call the shots, in Washington."
Now, with the Republican Party sheepishly groveling at Netanyahu's feet, the
self-absorbed Israeli premier is likely to display more arrogance and
recalcitrance, not only vis-à-vis the helpless Palestinians but also in his
approach to the rest of the world.
Open war on the Palestinians
The new Israeli government is likely to seek to further narrow
Palestinian horizons as never before. This might include a number of
draconian repressive measures against Palestinians including a marked
escalation in land seizure, a marked escalation in house-demolition and a
marked escalation in the especially cruel policy of detaining Palestinian
activists for prolonged periods without charge or trial.
In the Gaza
Strip, Israel under the new government would probably perfect the already
hermetic blockade of the coastal enclave. Moreover, Israel may be allured to
carry out another war of aggression on Gaza, if only to appease the sadistic
urges of various coalition partners.
This week, Israeli “defense”
minister Moshe Yaalon, who will retain the post in the new government, on
Tuesday said Israel would attack entire civilian neighborhoods during any
future assault on Gaza or Lebanon.
“We are going to hurt Lebanese
civilians to include kids of the family. We went through a very long deep
discussion … we did it then, we did it in [the] Gaza Strip, we are going to
do it in any round of hostilities in the future," Yaalon was quoted as
saying at a conference in Jerusalem this week.
The next government
is also likely to give the manifestly fascist settlers a free rein to
harass, torment, dispossess and even murder innocent Palestinians. The
unbridled settler violence could eventually lead to a bloody showdown
between Israel and the Palestinian people as the weak Palestinian Authority
(PA) would find itself in an unviable situation, being utterly unable to
protect its own citizens from the unrestrained ghoul, while having to rely
on Israel for its very survival.
More provocations at al-Masjidul
In addition to settler violence, it is widely expected that the
new Israeli government will give Messianic Jewish extremists a carte blanch
to carry out more provocations against Muslims at the Aqsa Mosque, the third
holiest shrine in Islam.
This could trigger a huge conflagration in
the region as no other issue has the potential of galvanizing Arabs and
Muslims against Israel. This in turn would create real problems for
neighboring states, such as Jordan and Egypt, which have peace treaties with
All in all, a brazen Israeli insolence, met with official
Arab impotence, would probably make extremist groups, such as al-Qaeda and
IS, ever more appealing to the disillusioned masses. Even relatively
moderate political groups like Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic liberation
movement, could lose some of its luster in favor of the more radical groups.
Moreover, in countries such as Jordan, popular indignation and rage would
reach unprecedented levels.
This situation might induce certain
regional powers to "fish in troubled water" by creating, financing and even
arming "Houthis-like cells" for the purpose of destabilizing certain Arab
countries. This would be more than just "creative anarchy and chaos." It
would be a nightmare coming true.
Coupled with the inevitable
collapse of the peace process, or whatever has remained of it, a heightened
tension over al-Masjidul Aqsa, accompanied with various levels of violence
and bloodshed, would make this summer distinctively "hot," as the region
might witness paradoxical forces moving in opposition directions, including
millions of people boiling with anger, regimes struggling rather
desperately to survive in the face of simmering discontent in the Main
Street, and, of course, a recalcitrant Israel hell-bent on fulfilling its
From my vantage point here in the West Bank,
will continue to hope and pray for peace. However, the looming portents
don't seem auspicious at all. They look rather very very gloomy.
Khalid Amayreh is a veteran Palestinian journalist and political affairs
commentator living in Occupied Palestine
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