Expert expects spike in settler violence

Rejection of Jordan’s role in Jerusalem from Israeli gov’t

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Israeli occupation forces fire tear gas at fleeing Palestinian protesters and activists in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem on May 29, 2021. (Photo: AFP)
AMMAN — A position assessment issued by the Institute of Politics and Society prepared by Palestinian writer and researcher in political science and international relations Ahmed Jamil Azm, discussed the outcome of the recent Israeli elections, and the possibility of a second far-right government taking over the existing one, Ammon News reported.اضافة اعلان

In his assessment, Azm predicted an increase in settler violence in Jerusalem and at Al-Aqsa Mosque, and growing calls for the total rejection of Jordanian custodianship over Al-Aqsa. However, he said that when it comes to foreign policy in general, positions will remain aligned with those of the Likud party, which hopes to proceed with normalization plans with Arab countries in order to lessen international criticism of the new government, while accelerating settlement plans and blocking the road to the establishment of a Palestinian state.

Azm said that instead of talking about the right and center in Israel, perhaps talk should focus on the coalition government of settlers and religious Zionists who have no problem seeing major changes in the structure of the state in favor of creating parallel entities that abolish the institutions of Israel’s deep state.

He added that a government led by Netanyahu, Ben-Gvir and Bezalel Smotrich has a clear program: expanding settlements, legalizing dozens of settlement outposts (including a caravan, a tent, or any other construction erected by settlers), and converting them into recognized villages and cities provided with services. The aim, he said, is to destroy any symbol of Palestinian independence.

It is not enough to say that the current government in Israel is the most right-wing in history in order to understand the political scene and expected repercussions, Azm said. Rather, the main issue is to understand what the electoral bases are for the political forces that entered the Israeli Knesset, and that will lead the Israeli government and dictate its politics.

He said that under Ben-Gvir, he expects an increase in settler violence in Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque, and even a complete rejection of the Jordanian custodianship of Al-Aqsa.

Azm said that the Ben-Gvir and Smotrich parties believe in the policy of deporting Palestinians from historical Palestine, and are ready to do everything possible to facilitate this, especially placing restrictions on Palestinians’ daily life.

All of this is a recipe for a new wave of Palestinian-Israeli confrontation, with all its local and regional repercussions, he said.

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