If the Palestinian Authority collapses, we are likely to get into a violent tailspin that will increase and exacerbate the current situation.
For over one hundred days, the citizens of Israel have been suffering from terrorism and attacks on a daily basis. One hundred days in which senior defense officials repeatedly claim – in any forum – that only progress in the political forum will succeed in suppressing the violence.
And yet we see the government is doing exactly the opposite: waving belligerent statements on settlement construction, limiting the operations of the Security Authority, opening a front against Hezbollah threats and blackmailing all of Israel’s Arab citizens, who are already discriminated against and deprived anyway.
And Netanyahu’s known method, after he helped contribute to a weakening of the Palestinian Authority, the Prime Minister comes and says, “You need to save the PA from collapse.”
It’s time someone starts listening to the security personnel, instead of blaming “those lefties.” It is an inconvenient time to start listening to the truth.
If Netanyahu’s ego does not allow him to do so, if the underlying settler lobby of his voters remains more important than the security of Israel, then he should step aside and hand the reigns of power to someone more worthy to lead the country.
This post was written by MK Tamar Zandberg, and originally appeared on her Facebook page here. Translation by B. Lana Guggenheim.