With only around ten weeks to go before the Israelis go to the polls in February 2009, Israeli settlers in the West Bank seem intent on provoking as much friction between themselves and Palestinians as possible. This provocation has been deliberately orchestrated by the Zionist settler movement in conjunction with the Likud and other right-wing pro-settler Zionist parties together with the connivance of the IDF who have shown overt reluctance to quell the settler violence against Palestinians and to evict the settlers from Hebron.
The reason for this deliberate provocation, and the subsequent publicity the settlers are getting, is to highlight to the rest of the Israeli population that there is still a powerful Zionist movement determined to make the West Bank a part of Greater Israel and to deny the Palestinian people any possibility of any form of sovereign state.
With Likud now running ahead in the polls, it seems that the settler violence has been designed specifically to make Zionist expansionism a major issue in the upcoming elections and for a post-election Netanyahu government. While there may yet be an, albeit reluctant, IDF crackdown on the violence, any crackdown will also be likely to attract sympathy for the settlers and the notion of a Greater Israel. This, coupled with the increasingly volatile situation in the Gaza Strip, all adds up to favour Israel’s right-wing.
A Netanyahu-led government will spell the end of all Palestinian hopes of a sovereign state and instead will usher in a program of greatly increased Palestinian persecution and oppression coupled with an invasion and evacuation of the Gaza Strip followed by its eventual reoccupation by Israeli settlers.
The violence by the settlers in the West Bank is but a prelude of things to come when Netanyahu becomes Israel’s next Prime Minister.
As for Iran…