Violent Clashes between Israelis and Palestinians and the Negev Summit

Along with Egypt, the UAE, Bahrain, and Morocco – all three of which publicly normalized relations with Israel back in 2020 – took part in the Negev Summit at the end of March, with the US and Israel (gotta love this photo).

The location? Sde Boker, where Israel’s founder, Ben-Gurion, is buried. How sweet.

Blinken even visited Ben-Gurion’s grave.

Prior to that, he met with Abbas.

In short, the status quo remains. On top of that, it looks like the two-state solution, if it brings anything, will yield some kind of backwater ruled by corrupt politicians who settle for a bizarre mix of autocracy and the necessary amount of liberal values that will keep aid and western support coming.

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This was reportedly the first in what will be a regular, permanent conference. In general, the conference has been spoken about as one to counter Iran, though some argue its importance varied from participant to participant, with other topics like the two-state solution, energy, and trade also playing key roles.

Tensions Rising

On top of the summit, there has been an increase in violence over the past few weeks that has caused a stringent response from the government and citizens alike. Prime Minister Bennet has told Israelis that those who are legally able to carry a firearm should.

Here’s a brief rundown of what’s happened:

On March 22, an Arab citizen of Israel killed four people in Beersheba and was then fatally shot by a civilian.

On March 27, two Israeli police officers (one Israeli Druze officer, one Israeli Jewish officer) were killed by two Arab Muslim citizens of Israel. Others were wounded in the attack, for which IS is reported to have taken credit.

On March 29, a Palestinian gunmen, killed five in Bnei Brak, an ultra-Orthodox suburb of Tel Aviv.

On March 31, Israelis killed three Palestinians in the West Bank. Two of those were killed in a raid in Jenin (15 others are reported to have been wounded, with three in critical condition). Israelis say they were there to look for those responsible for the Beersheba attack (on March 22) and then came under fire and responded. The two killed were 17 and 23.

The third Palestinian killed on that day is reported to have carried out a knife attack (also on 31 March) in Gush Etzion, an illegal settlement near Bethlehem.

On April 7, two Israelis were fatally shot by a Palestinian in Tel Aviv, while a third victim died the next day. The Palestinian shooter was later killed by Israeli forces.

Now, during Ramadan, clashes have been breaking out between Palestinians and the Israeli police at the Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem.

There have also been almost daily reports of settler violence on Palestinians

Operation “Break the Wave”

The security forces response to the rise in violence is now being called “Operation Break the Wave.”

Along with Bennett’s call to arms of eligible civilians, the Israeli government also announced that they’ll be pumping 181 million shekels (about 56.4 million dollars) into the Israel Police. This will allow the police to “tighten security across the country, particularly establishing a ‘Shin Bet brigade’ made up of reservists, the addition of 200 soldiers to Border Police and more protective equipment.”

Prime Minister Bennett’s has also announced that there will be no mercy when dealing with the current rise in violence:

“There are not and will not be limits for this war. We are granting full freedom of action to the army, the Shin Bet [domestic intelligence agency] and all security forces in order to defeat the terror.”

Such statements have not been directed to the violent settlers who attack Palestinians. On top of that, the “justice” system is very much of the illegal settlers. In an article on the increase in settler violence on PalestiniansThe New York Times says this regarding the Israeli government’s statement that Palestinians also commit violence against Israelis:

“But if the numbers are roughly comparable, the power dynamic is different.

The settlers benefit from a two-tier legal system in which settlers who commit violence are rarely punished, while Palestinian suspects are frequently arrested and prosecuted by military courts. Of the 111 police investigations into settler attacks monitored by the Israeli rights group Yesh Din in the past five years, only three led to indictments.”

What’s even more sinister is that Bennett also took part in an operation gone wrong in 1996 in Lebanon, in which he participated in killing 106 civilians in a UN compound. He maintains it was an accident, but it’s an accident for which he has never issued an apology.

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Vigilantism in Israel

Amidst all of this, Israeli Jews in the Negev/Naqab have taken matters into their own hands and formed the Barrel Rangers, a vigilante group to protect Israeli Jews. A former Israeli police officer is one of its founders. Thus far, Israeli authorities appear to have no problems with it.

A vigilante group has also formed in Lod (the Guardians of Lod), which is 40 percent Palestinian. Some see this as a means to help smooth the way for further Israeli settlement of the area.

There had also been the usual attacks on Palestinians from civilians, like Salah al-Din Abu-Zayed, a truck driver attacked in the Naqab on Sunday by an armed group and Sanad Salem al-Harbed, killed by an undercover Israeli unit in the Naqab on March 15 (two others were also killed in separate incidences on that day).

The general relaxed stance the Israelis take toward those who commit violence against Palestinians complicates matters for everyday Palestinians, who at times feel they simply do not know who stands before them, demanding obedience.

The sentiment is summed up well by this Palestinian man:

“How can we know whether this person is a police officer, an undercover officer, or what, if they do not cooperate – they do not speak and they refuse to show IDs – they just work like mafia, there is chaos.”

A Recipe for Disaster

This series of events that has ensued since the eve of the Negev Summit well summarize the type of hole we’re in, which goes something like this: Western-allied Arab states move toward ignoring the Palestine problem altogether and working with Israel, the US continues to side pretty much entirely with Israel, and the Palestinian Authority doesn’t do much and gets to keep the power it does have. All the while, Israeli power and territory expands.

In the midst of all of this, civilians suffer from violence that somehow puzzles many Israelis.

One can see pretty clearly the unfortunate consequences of creating such a hostile environment.

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Hunt Hunter

Only Khilafah will be able to end the occupation of Palestine. The 50+ slave “Muslim” can not do anything about this brutal occupation. They are part of the problem.


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Muhammad Khan

One day…. soon insha allah

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