Sadly, not much has changed since writing the first installment of this article. Israel continues to struggle to contain our enemies around us, while internal struggle continues to deepen. As I pointed out, Israel is not able to stop each individual Palestinian terrorist from crossing into Israel and killing one or more civilians before being neutralized. To combat rising terror, Israel recently conducted a special operation targeting terror cells in Jenin. Rather than cause deterrence, though, more and more Palestinians are lining up, ready to be “martyrs”. These cells even enjoy support from much of the Arab world.
Minister Ben Gvir has been busy shuffling top officers in the army and police. He often begs for swift retaliation to terror attacks. What he may not see is that his rhetoric likely aggravates the tense situation even further.
As per usual, this latest confrontation had led to a mounting condemnation from world leaders against Israel, including friends and enemies alike. International tensions are on the rise between the East and West as Russia’s war continues unabated. We can hardly afford any internal debates which often create anti-Israel bias. There is no question that Iran is going to gather Arab resistance towards Israel. More money and arms will surely make their way to Hamas, Jihad, and Hezbollah.
On top of the military situation, Israel is facing internal friction as the opposition sends its masses onto the streets, blocking major traffic lanes. At this time, as in the previous article, we are waiting for cool heads, and genuine leadership is of the essence.