It is becoming clearer each day that the West Bank is turning into another Gaza. The high levels of unemployment in Palestinian cities only sweeten the financial incentives provided by Iran to encourage attacks on Israel. This has created a dangerous development in the Arab Triangle (Nablus, Shechem and Jenin), where young Palestinians are lining up to join terror cells. With these factors as well as radicalized hatred, the IDF will not be able to eliminate each of these cells.
Following each vicious terror attack, Israel becomes more aggressive in trying to stop terror. This moderated confrontation, however, will play into the hands of the Palestinians. Arabs and the international community are sure to condemn Israel’s actions as unjust and disproportionate. Headlines will scream that Israelis are using “excessive force” in fighting these poorly armed Palestinians.
While we have witnessed similar situations in our past, this time, it is much more serious. Iran will all but certainly push its terror proxies in and out of Israel towards an open confrontation. As Hezbollah threats become more ominous, Hamas and Jihad will be tempted to get involved. These developments can open up a a full-scale war, which is the last thing Israel needs right now.
With our serious internal squabbling, Israel may be much more vulnerable to a regional confrontation. This is the time for Israeli leaders on both side of the aisle to put away their political squabbles and act responsibly for the good of the country. We cannot afford a continual confrontation between the leading parties. Netanyahu, Lapid and Gantz must stop the bickering and for once get off their high political horse in order to form what Israel needs: a unity government.