Lone wolf attacks might be ‘the next model of Palestinian resistance’

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Israeli forces take aim at the scene of a shooting attack in Dizengoff Street in the center of Tel Aviv on April 7, 2022. (Photo: AFP)
AMMAN — Jordanians reacted on social media platforms in support of last Thursday’s attack by a lone Palestinian youth, Raad Hazem, in a busy Tel Aviv street that killed three and injured 15. It took Israeli police and army units more than nine hours to finally find and ultimately kill the 29-year-old. اضافة اعلان

But while ordinary Jordanians lauded Hazem’s heroism and sacrifice, the government avoided comment on the incident.

Political analyst and head of the Jordan Strategic Studies Center Zaid Eyadat told Jordan News that recent regional efforts to reach calm in the West Bank during the holy month of Ramadan have been derailed. Over the last few weeks, Israel was rattled by a series of “lone wolf” attacks in what observers described as the most critical threat to Israel’s internal security in years.

Eyadat indicated that Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and a number of Arab countries were hoping to avoid an escalation during Ramadan in order to prevent an outbreak of violence similar to what happened last May, also during Ramadan.

He said that there is a new development in the form of Palestinian armed attacks, which are being carried out amid tight security conditions, and that this type of operation is the next model of Palestinian resistance.

Eyadat added that the danger lies in the Israeli response, describing it as severe, broad, and violent, but calculated.

Political analyst Labib Kamhawi said that organized resistance in the form of traditional Palestinian groups has been penetrated by the Israelis, and this was clear in Israel's ability to arrest members of the so-called hidden or sleeper cells.

This gave way to the emergence of forms of individual resistance, he said.

“Those young Palestinians who carry out such individual attacks and are largely unaffiliated with known groups pose a challenge for Israel,” Kamhawi said.

“They are not funded by a known group, no one can predict their movements, and Israel is unable to take preemptive measures,” he added.

Individual attacks such as these put Israeli security services under tremendous pressure.

“It is very difficult to have prior information about any attack, and that puts Israel in a state of anticipation and fear,” Kamhawi said. 

According to him, there is a change in the form of Palestinian resistance, from relying on a classic organization structure to evolving to individual resistance. He added that whenever individual resistance succeeds, organized resistance loses its political and social role, and support at Palestinian grassroots levels.

Kamhawi added that individual resistance will not lead to the liberation of Palestine, but it will reactivate the tendency among Palestinians to resist the occupation and make it clear to the world that the Palestinian situation requires a solution.

According to analyst Omar Raddad, "it seems that we are facing a new form of resistance; it is unknown how long it will last, but there is a state of despair among the Palestinian people".

Raddad added that the future of these individual attacks is linked to the Israeli response, which is informed by “weakness and fear”, and that “the situation will continue to escalate and it will get worse for both sides unless consensus is reached to find a solution”.

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