Government Is Committed to a Distinct Political Security Strategy

Sep 15, 2023 12:38 pm
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Maariv – Adapted

The ministers, Itamar Ben Gvir and Bezalel Smotrich, are attempting to modify the perception of Israel's security in the occupied West Bank by using their political influence. Differences in security stances will eventually make the administration less stable since it is difficult to establish a clear boundary between politics and security without getting caught up in a loud internal conflict every week.

Under pressure from the Americans, one part of the government seeks pragmatism and makes attempts to establish confidence with the Palestinian Authority. The opposition to the government wants to label them as a terrorist group and demands that they give up their weapons. It is challenging to establish organized political and security behavior in such a situation over time. If the Palestinian Authority falls, Israel will be confronted with a more serious security escalation that will focus on millions of Palestinian citizens. Thus, Hamas, Iran, and Hezbollah will be the only winners.

The ministers, Ben Gvir and Smotrich, are also aware of that. Israel's other obvious challenges with the Americans are in direct confrontation with the interests the government intends to emphasize with the West Bank's issues and the conflict with the Palestinian Authority. However, it is challenging to envision a scenario where a normalization agreement with Saudi Arabia is feasible. Also, to concentrate on the conflict with Iran, With that all said, it's hard to witness a circumstance where normalization with Saudi Arabia is possible.