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Is Israel a society or an Army? What this swap of prisoners means at this junction?

Israel first Prime Minister Ben Gurion boasted in 1949: “The secret force of the State of Israel is that this tiny State established a society where the entire people is the Army…”  Since then, Israel never missed an occasion, and more often than not, created occasions to remind the Israelis that they are the army.

Consequently, budgets for the “Defense Forces” and internal security forces have been at steady increase since the recognition in the UN of Israel in 1949 by a single majority vote. Israel strategy, backed by the US and western European States, was to retain the “strongest army in the region, stronger than all combined armies in Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon…”

Recently, Israel has grabbed many opportunities to “doing it again”: Reminding the Israeli citizens that they ARE the army, and not vice versa.  For example, Israel chief of staff Egal Yadlin said: “Every Israeli civilian is a soldier on leave for 11 months…” Yadlin was reminding the Israeli that every Israeli citizen below the age of 50 is to be a reservist, serving one month a year in the army.  In addition to the three years of forced induction in the armed forces as an Israeli reaches 18 of age.

The current release of kidnapped Israeli soldier Gelaad Shalit (kidnapped in 2006!) in exchange of 1,027 Palestinian prisoners has many political overtone.

First, there are currently over 6,000 Palestinians in Israeli detention camps who were never put on trial or have been legally accused of any wrong doing.  Israel occupation strategy is to round-up all Palestinian youths in order to terrify families and seek to pick up potential informers…Palestinian prisoners have been sustaining a hunger strike for a month, and Israel can no longer afford to feed prisoners who should not have been detained in the first place.  Israel release of so many prisoners is to let the Palestinian Authority deal with the problems of finding jobs to these prisoners, release in mass for good reason in order to sidetrack the Palestinian Authority from focusing on the recognition process…

Second, this “emergency law” has been instituted during the British mandated power in the 1920’s to confront the many civil Palestinian resistance demonstrations and movements.  Israel inherited an emergency law and applied it consistently for over 70 years, while many dictator regimes in the Arab World emulated these colonial emergency laws in the last 40 years.

Actually, British mandated power dispatched 100,000 soldiers in 1936 to quell a mass Palestinian civil unrest that lasted 6 months…The emergency laws were weakly applied on the Zionist terrorist factions headed by Menahim Began…who blew up the David Hotel in Jerusalem(the first terrorist act in the Middle East).

Is applying emergency laws a good indicator of democratic system? Shouldn’t Israel had to revisit these apartheid laws long time ago, if it insists on claiming to be a democracy, surrounded by “seas” of absolute monarchies, dictatorship States, and theocratic States…?

Third, Netanyahu PM said when welcoming Shalit: “An Israeli soldier serves in the army willingly because he is assured that the State will do all in its power to get him back (dead or alive)”  Why Israel failed to strike a deal since 2006?  Political analysts love to give their pieces of thought on the matter: They say it is because Iran had pressured Hamas in Gaza not to reach a resolution during all this period in detention. Iran is loosing its grip on the “Moslem Brotherhood” Hamas since the uprising in Egypt…

Other analysts claim that “Israel is furious of Mahmoud Abbas for submitting a letter to the UN for the recognition of a Palestinian State. Consequently, Israel is strengthening the position of Hamas against the new wave of support to Fateh, the largest faction in the West Bank.  This swap of prisoners will weaken Mahmoud Abbas and encourage Hamas to wrestle with Fateh on political power in the next election.  Israel want the two Palestinian factions to fight it out and thus, give Israel a breathing space to handle the next phase in the recognition of the Palestinian State…

The Israeli citizens are waking up to the frequent political manipulation schemes of the military/industrial complexes for ever higher budgets to the army, regardless of the conditions…The Israeli middle classes have been demonstrating and marching in masses demanding better standard of living in health and education facilities, and particularly affordable renting apartments…Why Israel has to allocate huge budgets for building new colonies in occupied territories, which are to be returned to the Palestinian State, when its citizens cannot find housing in Israel proper?

In the last three decades, Israel successive governments failed to give priority to accommodating affordable housing and focused on liberal capitalist interests for luxury hotels and villas for the richest 1% elite class.

Note 1: Huwaida Arraf, an US/Palestinian activist, reported the following: “This morning Israeli soldiers and settlers attacked Palestinian farmers and volunteers harvesting olives in Jalud, near Nablus (West Bank occupied territories). Palestinian youth activist, Sari Harb reported: There were about 50 of us and we were all picking the olive trees.  All of a sudden, Israeli soldiers started setting land ablaze, and firing bullets and tear gas at us; Jewish settlers came down from the hills. Four Palestinian civilians have reportedly been injured, one with a serious head wound. Approximately 10 dunams of land are now burning…

Note 2: This post was inspired by a piece published in the Lebanese daily Al Nahar by its correspondent in Israel Antoine Shalhat




February 2023

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