Fears of violence for the “flag march” in Jerusalem

And last year, the Israeli march ignited strikes by Hamas, in preparation for an 11-day war between the two sides.

The Israeli police were placed on high alert today, Sunday, in Jerusalem, to markmarch of flagsA procession marking Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian part of the city, against the backdrop of fears of a new fire.

Last year, on the day set for this march according to the Hebrew calendar and after days of Israeli-Palestinian violence in East Jerusalem, the Palestinian Hamas movement fired rockets into Israel, in preparation for an 11-day war. camps. This Sunday, the police put themselves on alert and indicated that they had mobilized 3,000 officers for a rally.Jerusalem day” where is the “Quds DayWhich should start at 4:00 PM local time (1:00 PM GMT).

The show coincides with IsraelReunionThe Holy City after the 1967 occupation of the Palestinian part. Its historic route passes through the Old City in occupied East Jerusalem, without detour through the Mosque Square, at the heart of Israeli-Palestinian tensions.

Palestinian groups threatened toAnswer“In the event of violence during the march, or even if the participants go to the mosque plaza, the third holiest site in Islam but also the holiest site in Judaism under the name”Temple Mount“.”We will not hesitate to use all possible means to stop the (potential) incursion into our holy sites. Israel will pay a heavy priceGhazi Hamad, a member of the political bureau of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in Gaza, told AFP today, Saturday, that it is fightingLullabyfrom this site.

Naftali Bennett’s test?

Despite the pressure, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett stressed that the march “It will follow the path that has been planned for decades», that is, to pass through the old town, but not to go through the park.

walking isPersonal test, even personal testNaftali Bennett, to make clear how different he is from his predecessor, Benjamin Netanyahu, was in power last year during the rally and the war, Yedioth Ahronoth notes.

Netanyahu faltered, hesitated, and made a decision (to allow march), then retreated (on the road) due to the threats of Hamas and we had in spite of everything a barrage of rockets (…) Bennett chose the opposite strategy, with a calm and measured policy (..)Yediot continues. What is this account?e. Hamas has no interest in waging a new war (…) because it focuses on the reconstruction of Gaza.”believes Shlomo Mofaz, a former high-ranking security analyst in Israeli military intelligence.

In recent months, Israel has granted thousands of work permits to Palestinians from Gaza, whose salaries are being used to breathe new life into an enclave undermined by rampant unemployment. Undermining security stability would threaten its endeavors and (economic) progress.Said Israeli commander Ghassan Alyan, referring to Hamas on Saturday evening.

Avoid escalation»!

Shlomo Mofaz notes that if Hamas does not have an economic interest in an escalation, the violence in Jerusalem with Palestinian casualties or deaths may prompt it, or other Palestinian armed groups such as Islamic Jihad, to launch an attack.

Another element at stake: Iran, Israel’s number one enemy and supporter of Hamas and Islamic Jihad. According to the New York Times, Israel informed Washington that it was responsible for the killing of Sayyad Kheddi, a senior officer in the Revolutionary Guards, the ideological army of the Islamic Republic of Iran, who was shot dead on May 22 near Tehran. “Perhaps they (the Iranians) will encourage (Hamas or Islamic Jihad) to break the routine.” And rockets are being fired at Israel, Shlomo Mofaz notes.

The United Nations’ chief mediator in the Middle East, Tor Wencesland, called on the Israelis and Palestinians To “demonstrate maximum restraint” in order to “avoid a new conflict that will only lead to more deaths”. “The message from the international community is clear: avoid further escalation.”

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