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Lieberman: A Failed Attempt to Escape Defeat
By: Mohammad Al-Sahli
November 19, 2018
 

It is obvious that the strong, collective and coordinated response of the Palestinian resistance to the Zionist aggression on Gaza Strip is the main reason for the resignation of the Israeli Minister of War and the withdrawal of his parliamentary party from the coalition government. This resignation has made the issue of dissolving the Knesset and holding early elections appears again.

Although Netanyahu, according to his close associates, does not intend to go to early elections, but analysts predict early elections due to the difficulty of maintaining the narrow coalition government after the withdrawal of Lieberman's party ”Yisrael Beiteinu” and the threats of the “Jewish home”, that conditioned the inheritance of Lieberman's position to stay in the coalition.

What is important is that in all probabilities, Israeli internal reactions to the situation in Gaza will be followed by other repercussions for the failure of the political and security institutions in Israel. The resignation of the Minister of War Lieberman will only be an initial expression of this failure.

Observers unanimously agreed that Lieberman launched his election campaign at the press conference in which he announced his resignation, while calling for early elections. Lieberman is hoping that his resignation will change the map of the Israeli public's support for the existing Zionist parties, and his party's supporters will increase among the Israeli electorate at the expected Knesset elections. The sharp criticism for Netanyahu's security performance will be at the heart of Lieberman's campaign, in addition to his rejection of the truce and his preference for a military option against Gaza Strip.

Lieberman's party is at the bottom of the list of parties in opinion polls, and has not "benefited" from the extreme statements made by its head against the Palestinian people in Gaza Strip and elsewhere. But this time, it is based on a new situation experienced by the parties of the coalition government, in light of exchange for accusations among themselves about the responsibility of the failure of the Israeli infiltration into Gaza Strip. As a Minister of War, who gave the green light to carry out the operation, he tried to flee forward by insisting on his permanent position of rejecting the truce to clear his name. However, many observers believe that Lieberman will not be able to become the best choice for the Israeli voter for many reasons, including that he is at the head of a weak party and cannot with his problematic personality to form a coalition competing with the Likud Party and its allies. And in many stations, he put Netanyahu under sharp criticism to become again a minister in the government headed by the one that he criticized.

Many believe that Netanyahu will not go to early elections, and this is a natural situation in light of the repercussions of what is happening in Gaza, which are expected to be escalated in terms of holding him personally responsible for the Israeli military and security failure and accusing him of retreating before the Palestinian resistance and the "weak" response on the strong rocket bursts launched by the resistance from the Gaza Strip.

On the other hand, there are other factors that may force Netanyahu to dissolve the Knesset and move to early elections, including the Jewish Home party threat that if Lieberman resigns, the portfolio of the Ministry of War must be transferred to the party's president, Naftali Bennett, as a condition to stay in the government coalition. It will be difficult for Netanyahu if he decides to take over this portfolio. In this equation, Netanyahu will not be able to control making early elections or not, and will be related to developments in the positions of his coalition partners, especially the Jewish Home.

For this reason, many political circles in Israel, expect Netanyahu to cause confusion through a new Israeli aggression on Gaza Strip, to reduce the consequences of the failure before the Palestinian resistance and a try to impose new conditions for the truce on the resistance's weapons, especially rockets, in order to calm the settlers around Gaza Strip, who suffered from the resistance rockets, although the regional and international conditions do not allow Netanyahu to implement this option, in addition to the warnings of the security services, which increased their "bad" expectations after the strong slap directed by the Palestinian resistance to the occupation army.

However, Netanyahu will make the road, between the recent cease-fire agreement and the truce, difficult. As numerous media sources have spoken of an Israeli effort to put the agreement under special occupation interpretations, including looking at any tunnels, or finding one of them, as a breach of the agreement, that allows the occupation to act “as it likes”. Netanyahu has used this issue to keep Israeli public opinion on the existential threat to Tel Aviv from the tunnels, and tried to cover the failure to achieve the objectives of the aggression of 2014, by talking about the number of tunnels, destroyed by the occupation army

But the question that is raised in the Israeli political and partisan circles today, is not related to Netanyahu's ability to maneuver in the difficult situations facing him, but the magnitude of the consequences of the Israeli failure in Gaza Strip, and whether the magnitude of these repercussions exceeds Netanyahu's ability to maneuver, especially if his coalition partners turn over him, coinciding with a parallel coup in the ranks of the leadership of the Likud, and maybe the line of competition, would be joined by former security and military figures, that had high chances in the polls, conducted during the last two months.

On the other hand, observers are talking about the unity of the field that has appeared in the ranks of the military branches of the Palestinian resistance factions, which contributed to give a harsh lesson to the enemy. Observers also wonder about the size of the Palestinian victory, which would have been greater without the division, and about the extent of using this achievement, if accompanied by a unified political and diplomatic effort at the regional and international levels, in terms of re-presenting the files on the truce, cease-fire and others, in terms of exposing the reality of occupation and its expansionist and aggressive policies, as well as the situation of the Palestinian people under occupation, and thus, its right of resistance in order to regain its rights to return and independence.

In light of what happened in Gaza, the official Palestinian leadership again is called for lifting the sanctions, imposed on Gaza Strip immediately and taking steps at the international level to submit an urgent complaint to the UN Security Council against the occupation government and to immediately implement the decisions of the Central and National Councils, especially the cessation of coordination with the occupation, the disengagement from the Israeli economy, and the withdrawal of recognition of Israeli state.

 
Notes:
Mohammad Al-Sahli is Editor in Chief of Al-Hourriah newspaper, the official speaker of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine
Translated by: Rasha Abo Allan
Revised by: Ibrahim Motlaq
 

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