Palestine Heading toward the Third Intifada

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Mohammad Irani
Iran's Former Ambassador to Lebanon and Jordan and Middle East Analyst

Soon after a number of Jewish rabbis in Israel desecrated the al-Aqsa Mosque followed by the Israel’s armed forces storming the mosque compound, which is the first kiblah of Muslims, there was an eruption of rage on the part of the Palestinian people. As a result, they started to defend the third holiest place of Islam on behalf of the entire Muslim Ummah by starting conflicts with opportunist Israeli elements. During the clashes tens of Palestinians have been either killed or wounded during past days.

The question is why the situation in Palestine has taken such a turn at this juncture of time? In reality, during past years, which have led to the ongoing developments in the al-Quds and al-Aqsa Mosque, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reached the conclusion that in order to realize his plans for the occupation of the entire Palestinian territories, which has been a major goal for all Israeli leaders, he is offered with a historic opportunity. As a result, he thinks that due to weak management of the Palestinian side within the Palestinian Authority, Israel is now in a good position to take gradual steps toward occupation of the entire Palestinian territories. Netanyahu is well aware that the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has no trump card to play in this game and the Palestinian self-rule is internally prone to collapse. The security forces of the Palestinian government have been directly cooperating with Israel for years and Israel knows that the Palestinian security forces are unable to face Israel. He is in the best position to know about the dire situation of Palestine from an inside view and has, therefore, started his measures from al-Quds and al-Aqsa Mosque in order to finally take control of the entire West Bank and purge it of Palestinians.

The best and most evident example of this measure by Netanyahu is speeding up the construction of Jewish settlements around the East al-Quds with the goal of bringing about demographic changes to this region and, finally, gaining full legal control over al-Quds, especially al-Aqsa Mosque. For many years, various methods have been employed to force the Arab inhabitants of East al-Quds to leave their homes and farmlands.

On the other hand, Netanyahu is also taking good advantage of the existing conditions in the region. He is well aware of the preoccupation of the Arab world and the Arab Ummah with Syria and Iraq and Yemen and Egypt, every one of which is currently grappling with its own problems that have made the issue of Palestine not to be a priority for them anymore. He knows that some Arab governments are not even willing to take a simple position by condemning the measures taken by the occupying forces. Therefore, Netanyahu believes that the existing state and official equation is totally in his favor. And why he should not think like that at a time that the most important Arab governments; that is, Egypt and Saudi Arabia are taking sides with Israel instead of being concerned about the future of Palestine. Even more than that, Netanyahu is well aware of the position of the Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, and the soft and reconciliatory messages that this movement has been sending during past months in order to achieve a sustainable cease-fire with the Israeli regime. Therefore, Netanyahu is trying to take the best advantage of these conditions in a totally opportunistic manner.

Netanyahu, however, is ignoring the point that when the Palestinian people lose their patience, they would resort to other methods than recourse to the Palestinian government and Hamas, and will go their own way just in the same way that they did in the past two instances of Palestinian uprising or intifada. The idea that “what has been taken by force can be only retaken by force,” is becoming more institutionalized among the defenseless Palestinian people as each day goes by. The presumption is that the current combatant youths in the West Bank and al-Quds and the Gaza Strip are the scion of the first and second Palestinian intifada, who have underwent very hard times under the worst kind of security conditions and pressure and threat and humiliation.

Today, however, there is no hope in any support coming from Arab and Islamic governments and Palestine needs internal unity among Palestinian forces more than any time before. It also needs a determined, capable and powerful leader that would be able to bring together all Palestinian groups around a single pivot so that the third intifada would take place as soon as possible and reach its goal, which is making the enemy surrender and force it to give in to conditions set by Palestinian people. Otherwise, there is a high possibility that the new uprising is also a temporary and ephemeral development, which will finally come to an end and lose force. There is no doubt Israel will take advantage of internal rifts as well as Palestinian figures and groups whose goal is something different from what Palestinian people want, and will try to widen the existing gaps among Palestinians.

Today, it would be in vain to talk about finding a peaceful solution and getting along with the enemy under conditions that it has opted for the iron fist and firearms as a result of which the number of Palestinian martyrs is rising incessantly. Now that people have started a new endogenous movement and are present at the scene with all of them seeking to confront the occupying forces, this should be looked upon as an opportunity of which the best advantage must be taken without letting the flames of the uprising to be put out easily. There is no doubt that Israelis are quite afraid of further spread of these flames.

The Gaza Strip has also joined this monumental development. Palestinians in this besieged enclave, have been carrying a strange wrath and hatred against Israelis for many years. Despite the geographical divide between them and the West bank, they have also started to fight the Israeli forces and some of them have been also martyred to this effect. Although such losses are sorrowful and regrettable, they will produce permanent and important effects in the face of the aggressors who have desecrated al-Aqsa Mosque.

Key Words: Palestine, Third Intifada, Jewish Rabbis, Israel, al-Aqsa Mosque, first Kiblah of Muslims, Gaza Strip, Jewish Settlements, East al-Quds, Benjamin Netanyahu, Irani

Source: Iranian Diplomacy (IRD)
Translated By: Iran Review.Org

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