The high Israeli security alert throughout the events of the so-called ‘Flag March’ on Thursday and Friday partially contradicts Tel Aviv’s declarations of a “resounding Israeli victory” in the recent aggression on Gaza, an Israeli report said on Friday.
In an analysis, Haaretz’ military correspondent Amos Harel referred to statements by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who boasted that “Israel struck the Islamic Jihad in a way that will not be forgotten, and changed the deterrence equation.”
Harel considered that Thursday’s security tensions and the multiple consultations that were held before the ‘Flag March testified to the real situation, that “Israel was not at all sure of its victory, and feared a violent reaction from the Gaza Strip, which could lead to a military escalation again in the region.”
“The situation is more complicated,” Harel wrote, adding: “because the extremist ideological basis for this year’s show comes from the heart of the government coalition… Itamar Ben Gvir is no longer a fringe member of the Knesset who somehow entered it thanks to Netanyahu’s political stunts, but rather a senior minister in the government, who is officially charged with At least the national security portfolio… The behavior of Ben Gvir and his gang will dictate the strength of the Palestinian reaction.”
The Israeli military analyst described the ‘Flag March’ in the Old City of occupied Al-Quds yesterday, as a “disgusting display of nationalism and racism, especially videos of religious Zionist children rioting, destroying Palestinian property and singing hate songs.”
Harel noted, in this context, that both the Zionist occupation and Hamas “are mainly interested in continuing the status quo, while the Islamic Jihad movement needs time to recover after the last operation,” indicating that intelligence estimates have been partially achieved so far, but the situation is still far from complete stability, as long as the attacks do not occur.”
“On a large scale, as happened in previous periods, it seems that the security threat does not directly affect the political situation,” he added.
Source: Israeli media