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Sun May 16, 2021, 07:52 PM

After Years of Quiet, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Exploded. Why Now?

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/15/world/middleeast/israel-palestinian-gaza-war.html

JERUSALEM Twenty-seven days before the first rocket was fired from Gaza this week, a squad of Israeli police officers entered the Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, brushed the Palestinian attendants aside and strode across its vast limestone courtyard. Then they cut the cables to the loudspeakers that broadcast prayers to the faithful from four medieval minarets.

It was the night of April 13, the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. It was also Memorial Day in Israel, which honors those who died fighting for the country. The Israeli president was delivering a speech at the Western Wall, a sacred Jewish site that lies below the mosque, and Israeli officials were concerned that the prayers would drown it out.

The incident was confirmed by six mosque officials, three of whom witnessed it; the Israeli police declined to comment. In the outside world, it barely registered.

But in hindsight, the police raid on the mosque, one of the holiest sites in Islam, was one of several actions that led, less than a month later, to the sudden resumption of war between Israel and Hamas, the militant group that rules the Gaza Strip, and the outbreak of civil unrest between Arabs and Jews across Israel itself.

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Original post)

Sun May 16, 2021, 07:52 PM

1. Because Netanyahu Was About To Be Kicked Out?

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Response to Me. (Reply #1)

Mon May 17, 2021, 08:04 AM

9. Exactly right, and why everyone is ignoring this fact is beyond me.

The most disgusting part about it is that they also are demanding that Joe Biden fix things. WTF??? What's wrong with the rest of the world? Why does it always have to be us? Where is the United Nations?

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Original post)

Sun May 16, 2021, 08:08 PM

2. Because Netanyahu couldn't meet deadline to form a Govt a week ago

This is all about Netanyahu trying to remain in power and disrupting the mandate given to Lapid to form a govt.

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Original post)

Sun May 16, 2021, 08:21 PM

3. And because the RW settlors decided to evict Arabs living in seven units in East Jerusalem.

They went to court, got the go-ahead, and proceeded to try to remove non-Hamas Palestinian residents.

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Original post)

Sun May 16, 2021, 09:53 PM

4. The argument is endless, and until people stop believing in fairy tales, the

violence will continue.

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Response to lindysalsagal (Reply #4)

Sun May 16, 2021, 10:06 PM

5. But this is more about land

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Response to JI7 (Reply #5)

Mon May 17, 2021, 08:06 AM

10. It's also about a corrupt leader who is trying to hold onto power, and needs a distraction.

Bibi is going on trial for corruption soon. He's escalating things in an attempt to keep his filthy ass out of prison.

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Original post)

Mon May 17, 2021, 02:00 AM

6. Another endless, insane tribal/religion war in the Middle East. This shit is old. nt

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Original post)

Mon May 17, 2021, 07:58 AM

7. Bibi is just testing degree of US support...

He had no doubts with Trump.

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Original post)

Mon May 17, 2021, 08:02 AM

8. See Tom Friedman's op-ed in the Times...

Both Netanyahu and Hamas are vested in the status quo and need the other as a foil. The Arab-Israeli coalition Government under development presented a risk to both.

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