Gaza: Popular Resistance Upsets Netanyahu’s Election Forecasts

Hassan Lafi, a Palestinian writer and expert on Israeli affairs recently wrote in an article on the website of the Lebanese channel Al-Mayadeen that the residents of the Gaza Strip understood that by continuing the protests in the context of the March of the Great Return, they would challenge and increase pressure on the Israeli regime.

Indeed, the demonstrations are a source of concern for the settlers, they feel their precious security threatened, which increases the chances of their withdrawal from settlements erected around Gaza.

Recall that last October 12, as part of the March of the Great Return, the Palestinian youth practiced archery by creating a new unit ; the archery unit. Activists in this unit fired fiery arrows at the Israeli military in the Gaza Strip using bows and crossbows, according to the MAA news agency.

Palestinians had previously formed units called “Kushuk” (car tires), “incendiary kites” and “nocturnal nightmares”.

First, they put together thousands of tires to burn during the demonstrations. The resulting smoke significantly reduced the field of view of Israeli snipers. Then, they launched incendiary kites on Jewish settlements in the occupied territories on the Gaza border. And finally, in order to create panic among Israeli military and settlers living near Gaza, protesters made noise at dusk.

In addition, the legitimate and courageous resistance of the Gazans has totally compromised the electoral forecasts of the war criminal Benjamin Netanyahu!

Let us note that the continuation of the demonstrations led the colonial army in a war of attrition in the south of occupied Palestine, whereas with the law defining Israel as the “nation-state of the Jewish people”, denounced by minorities and opposition, the Israeli Prime Minister intentionally accentuates the divisions to set the tone for the next elections, this is what experts think even though the electoral campaign has yet to be launched.

It turns out that in such circumstances, the Israeli Prime Minister has only three options:

The first is silence, but as the protests spread to other parts of Palestine, Netanyahu’s chances in the next elections are seriously dwindling.

The second is to reduce the humanitarian crisis in Gaza by concluding a ceasefire agreement in return for the cancellation of the blockade. In this case, Netanyahu is not prepared to pay the costs of lifting the blockade of Gaza. It would then be perceived in the eyes of his fellow Zionists as a man who was defeated by the Gaza resistance.

The third is to take unilateral action and to work with the international community to reduce the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

There are warning signs of the consent of the Israeli military organization and Netanyahu to this option. The agreement on the increase of electricity supply to the Gaza Strip with the support of Qatar and the mediation of the United Nations is clear proof of this.

However, this measure did not change the Palestinians’ course of action regarding the continuation and maintenance of demonstrations in order to find practical solutions to the humanitarian crisis affecting the people of Gaza.

It is therefore obvious that advancing towards the option of war can easily provoke a political change in Israel, a change that cannot be in the interest of Netanyahu or the Likud party.

In view of the situation, what is certain is that the Israeli army can never be the victorious party in the war, especially since it is not aware of how many steps it will have to take to get to victory.

The worst mistake a despotic regime and its army can make is to neglect or underestimate the will and determination of the people they are oppressing, because they represent the little pebble, who, caught up in the workings of the iniquitous systems, make them fall.

After all these decades of injustice, genocide and the most heinous crimes committed by Zionist officials and their criminal army, the Palestinian people have learned that the only way is through resistance.

Perhaps even some Zionists see no victory for them in the face of popular stubbornness, knowing that it is Palestinian civilians who bear the brunt of human lives.

This blood shed cannot be in vain. It slowly but surely erects a victory whose beginnings are on the horizon for those who know how to look…