Israel’s deadly raid on Jenin triggers outrage, questions from local experts

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AMMAN – On July 3, Israeli forces launched a deadly attack in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin, the largest attack since the Second Intifada. اضافة اعلان
As heavily armed soldiers moved into the crowded refugee camp of more than 10,000 civilians, more than 3,000 residents have been forced to evacuate, with at least 10 Palestinians killed, and more than 50 injured.

According to a statement on Tuesday by the Palestinian Authority, infrastructure loss reported to around $20 million.

Here is what experts had to say.

Objected by all political circles Former prime minister Taher Al-Masri told Jordan News that the widespread aggression is a brutal measure that was objected by all political circles in the Arab, however, these formal positions did not protect the Palestinians from this enemy.

He considered what had happened in Jenin as a major turning point in the Palestinian struggle, where resistance is the only proven solution to get rid of the occupation. He also added that negotiations and threats no longer pass by consideration for Palestinians and have become rather a waste of time.

However, he believes there is hope, in the new generation. With more widespread awareness, he believes that many people are becoming aware of the occupation, and said “We see today the new generation in Palestine that differed from the former.” He continued “young men who are doing very daring actions that are superior to what we witnessed in the past.”

Regarding how the Arab world fits in this narrative, he mentioned that it is full of empty promises. While he mentioned that their news about donations coming in from UAE and Algeria to rebuild the camp, it has also provoked some question marks about countries who have normalized relations with Israel, not choosing a clear position.

“Frankly, there may have been discussions inside the rooms, but we did not hear anything in public.”
After Gaza, came the West Bank, what is next?Meanwhile, the former minister of State for Information Affairs, Samih Al-Maitah told Jordan News that the West Bank had not been in Israel’s strategic plan, with its focus mostly on Gaza. However, she highlighted that it currently has divided in its attacks, either due to geography or according to factions.  She mentioned that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants a calm West Bank to achieve “sacred security,” with hopes that it will be a hot spot for Israel. And that has led to Israel taking advantage of internal Palestinian divisions and the weakness of the Arab position in general.

A house and a gardenIn addition, security expert and political analyst Omar Al-Raddad said that on the internal level, the Israeli army is a so-called “house and a garden,” which reveals Netanyahu’s continued dependence the right-wing parties to ally with him, which has become effective in leading the country, and launching operations.

Despite the discrepancy between the military and security institutions in Israel and its differences with the government due to the extreme right cabinet, there is a common goal: settlement expansion and collective punishment.

Raddad stated that the operation had a primary focus on targeting Islamic Jihad members and leaders, specifically in Jenin and its camp, both on the Palestinian level and within their formations. This included members of Islamic Jihad in the West Bank, Gaza, Lebanon, and Syria, with support from the Revolutionary Guards, aiming to escalate tensions in the West Bank regions.

Furthermore, Raddad emphasized that the Jenin operation exposed a predicament within the Palestinian territory, characterized by the division between Fatah and Hamas. This division has reached a point where the credibility, legitimacy, and authority of the Palestinian Authority have been called into question and undermined.

Additionally, he highlighted that the operation also revealed a dilemma for Israel and its Prime Minister, Netanyahu. The pressure on Netanyahu has increased due to operations in Gaza and the West Bank regions, which are justified as resistance against Islamic Jihad's activities under Iranian directives.
A monopoly Furthermore, Political Analyst Hamada Faraneh, said that careful consideration of the Israeli invasion must be analyzed from several angles, the first being how Israel uses the policy of monopolizing the city (Jenin), while isolating the factions.  With Palestinians not taking measures to confront these programs, he predicts that confrontations and invasions are far from over.  
He explained that the Israeli goal was open, procedural, and operational, targeting by striking and weakening the resistance.

He also said that this invasion carries a political dimension, further fueling Netanyahu’s interest in a rift for Israeli reunification.  He highlighted that Israeli opposition is strong because of the factors of weakness on the other side (Palestinian), which came due to Arab divisions and indolence. And it grew in strength, due to international concern mostly being concerned towards Russia and Ukraine.  He added, Israel is “testing the water” in Jenin to move on with its experience to other Palestinian cities and villages.

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