Repeated Israeli Attacks on Palestinian Territories

  • 10 January 2010

Frequent Israeli raids on Palestinian lands, especially its latest campaign in the Gaza Strip that has been described as the most violent since the end of Operation Cast Lead in January 2009, show that Israel is trying to aggravate the situation in order to evade its peace commitments and to avoid the growing pressure from the US and the international community for engaging in serious peaceful negotiations with the Palestinian side, and is also trying to hide its actions aimed at changing conditions on the ground, especially in Jerusalem, through accelerated Judaization campaign, particularly after the arrival of Benjamin Netanyahu and his extremist government into power, along with increased activities to colonize the territory, which the Israeli Government is vigorously pursuing despite international pleas against it that the latter believes would provide an opportunity for the resumption of the peace process. Several indicators suggest that the Netanyahu government is in a quandary when dealing with international pressures especially with regards to the peace process, most significant of these being the US’ determination, as expressed by the Obama administration, to revive peace negotiations, and stop Israeli expansion of colonies in the West Bank. Perhaps, recent statements made by the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that the United States is working on to resume dialogue between Israel and the Palestinians are a confirmation of this assertion. Even as the Netanyahu government does not give due priority to peace, supports plans related to the colony-building activities, overlooks the agreements and references of the Madrid Conference, and escalates issues with the Palestinian side, it now seeks to further inflame the region in order to divert attention. Therefore, there is a need for effective international positions and strong action to prevent Israeli government from fomenting violence, conflict and aggression on the Palestinian people—who are being forced to bear harsh conditions—and for exerting strong pressure on Israel to bring it back to the negotiating table—based on clear and specific terms, and from the point where the previous negotiations ended—in order to stop the situation from sliding into an endless vortex; and to prevent Israel from playing with time that it uses to allow colony building activities to continue undisturbed.

If the whole world has been taking a stand against Israel and is trying to prevent it from blowing up the region and from threatening the prospects of peace, then the Palestinian forces—spearheaded by Fatah and Hamas—should transcend their differences to forge a unified national stand to confront the historic and decisive challenge faced by the Palestinian cause, and should respond to the danger of liquidation of their Palestinian cause, the declining interest in it, and the distortion of its image not only at the international level, but at the regional level as well.