Jerusalem (AP) —Israel is at war with Hamas, violence by Jewish and Arab mobs broke out in Israel, and the West Bank has experienced the worst anxieties in recent years. But this may all boost Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Just a week ago, the political career of many years of Israeli leaders seemed almost over. He was unable to form a coalition government after the indecisive parliamentary elections, and his political rivals were at stake in his absence.
Netanyahu’s fate has changed dramatically as the rulers of Israel and Hamas in Gaza now wage a fourth war in more than a decade. The outlook for his rivals has collapsed, Netanyahu has returned to his comfortable role as Mr. Security, and the country could soon head for yet another election campaign that guarantees him a term of at least a few more months. There is.
The phenomenal changes have raised the question that Netanyahu’s despair of survival may have driven the country into its present plight. Opponents could not blame him for hatching such a plot, but say the fact that these questions are being asked is sufficiently disturbing.
“With the government, security and political considerations wouldn’t be mixed,” opposition leader Yair Lapid wrote on Facebook. “No one asks himself why a fire always happens when it is most convenient for the prime minister.”
Rapid said earlier last week that he seemed ready to make history and was putting together the final details of arranging a government to end Netanyahu’s 12-year reign.
“Within a few days, we should be able to pledge a new Israeli government that is functional, broadly agreed and based on the public interest,” he declared hours before the outbreak of the war.
The sudden explosion of combat was the culmination of a series of events that made Rapid increasingly difficult and perhaps impossible to form his coalition.
His alliance was to include diverse groups ranging from the right-wing to the left-wing Jewish Party to the Islamic Party, which was merely an opposition to Netanyahu.
Such a coalition will make history. Arab political parties have never officially joined the Israeli coalition government.
Netanyahu himself had a courtroom in the same Arab party after the election on March 23, when the Israeli president gave him the first opportunity to form a coalition government.
However, when it became clear that Netanyahu could not secure the necessary parliamentary majority, things began to heat up between Jews and Arabs in the disputed city of Jerusalem, mainly due to the actions of the Prime Minister’s allies. I did.
Both Israelis and Palestinians claim East Jerusalem and its sensitive sanctuaries. These competing claims are at the heart of their conflict, Repeatedly causing violence..
Netanyahu’s supporter, police minister, approved the closure of a popular meeting place outside the Old City of Jerusalem used by Palestinians during the holy month of Ramadan for Muslims. When protests took place, Israel’s brute force police tactics led to days of anxiety peaked in police attacks on the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The violent scene caused anger throughout the Islamic world.
At the same time, the Jewish settlers Drive out dozens of Palestinians From their home in the nearby East Jerusalem district. Leader of Itamar Ben-Gvir Racist anti-Arab party In collaboration with Netanyahu, he temporarily set up what he called a “parliamentary office” in the neighborhood, further infuriating the inhabitants.
Then, on May 10, at an event widely regarded as a provocation, thousands of far-right flag-waving Israeli activists due to Israel’s planned march through the center of the Muslim district of the Old Town. Gathered in 1967.
At the last minute, the Israeli government ordered the marchers to change their route, but by then it was too late. Hamas, saying it was protecting Jerusalem, caused a war across Israel’s “red line” and fired barrage of long-range rockets in the city.
Fierce clashes as the war intensifies Between Jews and Arab mobs It erupted in cities all over Israel. Violence also spread to the West Bank, killing more than 20 Palestinians in a stone-throwing demonstration against Israeli security forces, according to Palestinian health officials.
In this harsh environment, it seems unlikely that Rapid will be able to bring the government together by the June 2 deadline.
Far-right politician and key partner Naftali Bennett abandoned talks last week after the fighting began. Arab party leader Mansour Abbas suspended negotiations. He said they would resume when the fight was over, but time was running out.
Rapid’s office says he will work to the last minute to try to form a government. If he fails, the country will probably enter an unprecedented fifth election in less than two years.
It’s a script that fits Netanyahu’s needs well and enhances his image as a survivor. Anxiety distracted from his ongoing corruption trial, and Netanyahu projected a calm and powerful attitude on his frequent television appearances to his best when focused on security issues. There is.
Netanyahu was desperate to stay in office throughout his trial, taking advantage of his public support and blame for police and prosecutors.
The new campaign will leave him on duty, at least until the new elections this fall. It will also give him another opportunity to form a more friendly alliance with his religious and nationalist allies who can give him immunity from prosecution.
Gayil Tarshir, a political scientist at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel, said he did not believe Netanyahu conspired to stay in power. But she called him a master of event manipulation in his favor.
“I think he controlled the amount of oil in the fire,” she said.
“From Netanyahu’s point of view, he sees only his trial and power base,” she added. “This is where Israeli politics is located. It is the prime minister’s political survival, not the public interest.”