Should we expect a more vindictive Israel led by Bennett?

TEL AVIV, BM, ($1=3.27 Israeli Shekels)“I again clarify here: things have changed,” Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett told reporters in Israel today, July 4th. According to the Israeli minister, Tel Aviv is not seeking confrontation with the people of Gaza and wants peaceful coexistence between the two nations, but has no intention of pursuing the same policy with the warring Palestinians and the radical Palestinian movement Hamas.

Analysts in the Middle East say this could mean a much more frequent return of Palestinian fire, even at the slightest signal of radicalism and military action in Israel, than at the time when the country was led by Benjamin Netanyahu. According to them, Netanyahu has not always responded to any attack with balloons full of explosives, as has been the case in recent days in Israel.

We remind you that on June 2, the Israeli Air Force launched an airstrike early in the morning on pre-marked Hamas sites. The Israeli government says it has hit several workshops and a large weapons factory of Palestinian radicals.

Bennett also spoke of Qatar funding for the Palestinians, who are to be repaid soon, but who are in danger of starting a “holy war against the Israelis.” Another reason for political scientists to believe that Bennett’s new Israel will be more decisive in retaliation and more vindictive. However, it is unclear whether Bennett will use military action alone to solve some of the Middle East’s problems or use political leverage to deal with Qatar.

“We are also working on a solution to allow humanitarian assistance to Gaza residents, without suitcases of dollars <…> The suitcases of dollars are something we inherited and need to stop,” he added.

Palestinian sources say Qatar’s money for Gaza will soon be redistributed with UN assistance. Israel welcomed the news but said it would closely follow their path from the UN to Gaza to make sure they did not fall into the hands of the radical Hamas movement, which would be funding for a new war.

This is not the first time Hamas has received money from Qatar, but in recent years it has been earmarked for the Palestinians, civil servants’ salaries, and electricity costs in Gaza. Today, the Hamas fighter claims that it has no appetite for the expected funds. However, there are uncertainties about how the money will be paid out, and similar concerns have been expressed by Egypt, a mediator of the pore between Israel and Gaza. Cairo insists on a new, safer, and more properly redistributed method.


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