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Naftali Bennett Breaks Gaza Ceasefire On His Third Day In Office

Early this Wednesday morning Israeli warplanes launched a number of airstrikes on southern and Western Gaza, breaking a ceasefire that had ended an 11-day round of fighting between Palestinian armed groups and the Israeli military.

The Gaza-Israel ceasefire, which had gone into effect at 2AM on the 21st May, was broken after a decision made by Naftali Bennett, the new Israeli Prime Minister, during his second day in office. Also on Tuesday, Bennett’s government did not act to stop an extremist settler march which paraded through the streets of Jerusalem.

Naftali Bennett’s coalition partner Yair Lapid condemned the chants of “death to Arabs” by the fascist group of settlers, but the Prime Minister himself remained completely silent, despite the fact that settlers had even burnt his photo and chanted against him. The reason why the settlers, belonging to Kahanist groups, came out in such staunch opposition to Bennett, is due to his acceptance of Israeli political parties which are not considered as left-wing. 

One of the reasons for last month’s escalation, causing what some called the “11-day war” on Gaza, was the extremist settler march planned to enter the al-Aqsa Mosque compound. The Israeli government reportedly sent a communication to Hamas through Egyptian contacts, informing them that the course of the settler march was changed to not include storming al-Aqsa. This decision in and of itself was considered by many Israeli’s as a confirmation that Hamas had been able to effectively achieve a level of deterrence with Israel from the battle branded by Gaza’s ‘Joint Room’ of resistance factions as Sayf al-Quds (Sword of Jerusalem).

However, it was clear that Naftali Bennett was more than willing to follow in the path of his predecessor, Benjamin Netanyahu, in allowing the fascist settlers to enter the Arab quarters of Jerusalem’s old city and the Bab al-Amud (Damascus Gate) area. In order to facilitate the entry of settlers into the area, from the early morning Israeli occupation forces had set up barricades to keep Palestinians out of the area, beating and arresting anyone who protested.

The equivalent of the settler march in the United States would be if white supremacists had stormed a majority black neighborhood and shouted “death to blacks”, calling for their ethnic cleansing, as US police attacked black counter-protesters, protecting the white supremacists. Then imagine that the US government directly supported in words, laws and financially, those same white supremacists to take over the homes of black residents in that area. This would cause an instant unquestionable outrage in Western countries, but because Palestinians have become so dehumanized, and Israeli’s are always assumed to be the reasonable ones, people are trained to try and balance this equation.

Coinciding with the settler “death to Arabs” march in Jerusalem were Palestinian protests in the city, during which 33 Palestinians were injured by Israeli occupation police forces. This, as demonstrations also took part in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Interestingly, however, in the reports issued by Western media, apparently there was never any ceasefire that was broken by Israel, when they did report upon the bombing of the Gaza Strip. The BBC came out with a headline reading “Israel strikes in Gaza after incendiary balloons”, followed closely by the Guardian which wrote “Israel carries out Gaza Strip airstrike after militants release incendiary balloons”. Extraordinarily, the ceasefire just vanished from existence and the balloons allegedly released by Gazan youths – carrying flaming objects – were the provocation. This is what the war crime of “collective punishment” looks like. 

It is unfortunately always the case that no matter what Israel does, even when Hamas does not fire rockets, the story always starts with “but the Palestinians”. To say that a valid response to a balloon with a flaming object being sent to land and perhaps start a fire in lands stolen from Palestinians in Gaza, is an F-16 dropping tons of explosives on one of the most densely populated civilian areas on earth (half of which are children) is a tad ridiculous to say the least. That is kind of like your neighbor flicking a cigarette in your back garden and so you decide to blow up his home with a ton of C-4.

Hamas did not immediately respond to either the Israeli provocations in Jerusalem, nor the airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, which could indicate they are sitting back and calculating their next move to strategically outmaneuver Israel. If and when Hamas, along with the other armed groups in Gaza, do respond, it will likely again deteriorate into another scenario like the one seen last month or perhaps even bigger.

So far it seems that Naftali Bennett is attempting to pose as a strongman and hold his promise that a balloon from Gaza must be met with airstrikes, this indicates weakness and irrationality on Israel’s behalf, but also that he will be very similar to Netanyahu in this respect. Netanyahu is also still not out of the picture. Now heading the Israeli opposition, it is still a possibility that he will manage to crawl back to power, and that may come as a result of Bennett’s hawkishness breaking up Israel’s current government.

Robert Inlakesh
Robert Inlakesh is a documentary filmmaker, journalist, writer, Middle-East analyst & news correspondent for The Last American Vagabond.

2 Replies to “Naftali Bennett Breaks Gaza Ceasefire On His Third Day In Office

  1. Wow, Robert (and Ryan). Thank you. This thing is so beyond the unimaginable that it’s simply too hurtful to watch / read / see / think about, not so much for the demonic nightmare Palestinians have been forced to sustain for o long, but for the ignorance / apathy / disregard / etc from the so called “public opinion” in the so called “west”. And again, just like with the COVID idiocy, it’s the info – or lack thereof – that governs everything. Palestine is THE symbol / reference / template / mirror that everyone should look at, maybe along with China, Yemen, Haiti etc. It hurts so much because it is a mirror. We see ourselves, many unable to do anything, monsters like Netanyahu laughing and pissing on our faces, and it’s too much truth. Bravo to you, heroes that are really doing something. Being in Brazil, Palestine is not that different from what goes on in the favelas, not that any Brazilian knows or wants to know about it. In their hearts they sing “death to the favelas”, but in secret. Dear god, it’s hell all over the place. God help us all, you guys and Palestinians especially.

  2. There is no country, no leader, no institution to look up too. It’s a world of lie, known long ago as Bias of Priene, one of 7 sages of Greece stated all men are wicked and most are evil. The concept of the chosen is what happens when you lie perpetually until it takes hold of an uneducated people that have no sense of history. The entire (A)b(a)mc concept is a fraud and history says so from the Ancient land of Dwarka of the Indus Valley, the Kingdom of Egypt, Babylon, Persia, Greece and Rome as well as the history of all those who are of these lying death cults for power. Peace, being the good shepherd to all living things has been lost and the lust for wealth, power, access and control are in obvious hands of which few know because few can observe and fewer have the ability to understand the deceit of those in power and the level to which those who want to be as those in power are the majority, not some small minority. Psychopaths, Sociopaths and their sycophants with the same ambitions have shed more blood of the innocent with no remorse, compassion or empathy as any time ever written about. I know of who and what your are writing for and it is as tragic as the evil of the signet of Solomon and his control of the demons and especially Asmodeus which you are part of. The UN, manufactured by those who believe in their shining one, a death cult of the ages is set for those who believe themselves gods and are not in their own writing. I need not say the books this appears in as it is well shown in the dollar bill and right in everyone’s face. The planet is dying as we amuse ourselves at the expense of poorer nations but especially what used to be plentiful on this earth we all have eliminated any form of normal comeback. Again, you can see the skies, the insects, fish, kelp forests, coral reefs, birds, worms and all the rest of live and know that those who would protect them are considered savages with all your knowledge and self righteousness. There is no one seeking the truth on any form of media, education… Peer review, as history is from like minded fools who agree on a lie as Napoleon found out. Morality, decency and consideration for the living is secondary to almost all that live now with the most evil, the head of the serpent calling for their New World of Light as they are one of many, the shining one itself but only as another well protected lie. The greatest monument to failure are our wars and irrational hate for others while destroying all living things for nothing that will generate a future as death is at our door and still, we are heading as fast as possible to be a cancer from the tree of death as drawing blood is not knowledge but is exactly what was warned of but liars have their excuses and rewrites. Most of mankind are now nihilists in the image of their manufactured religions of death. No foresight for future generations of all the living for which all land, water and air do not belong to us but future generations and greed slaughtered those that would believe such heresy to their faiths of farcical fables manufactured by a pecking order of the most insidious and their believers no matter what dogma one follows.

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