Israeli-Palestinian conflict: a deadly status quo

Israeli-Palestinian conflict: a deadly status quo

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RDeadly Israeli aid in Jenin, in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian rockets fired from Gaza into Israel, Israeli bombings in retaliation, terrorist attack near a synagogue in an Israeli colony neighborhood located in the eastern part of Jerusalem: Conquered in 1967 In the space of two days, the conflict returned to its worst, with the deaths of nine Palestinians and seven Israelis.

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The current rise will only surprise those who are engaged in denying the reality of a deadly spiral. For weeks, the level of violence remains a matter of concern. In the occupied West Bank, the past twelve months have thus far been the deadliest for Palestinians since the end of the Second Intifada in 2005. This dramatic assessment was recorded before the most right-wing coalition came to power in Israel. History of the country, which assigned the Security Department to an extreme-right leader, formerly a member of the banned party.

In the face of this outburst of violence, calls for peace launched from foreign capitals, from Washington to Paris, echo in the emptiness, no doubt because it is their emptiness. Because they are always accompanied by calls for a two-state solution that, according to them, is the only one capable of ending this violence that seems Endless. The prospect of a viable Palestine unfortunately disappeared long ago, thanks to a minimum level of trust of which the two protagonists are now incapable, and to stop the Israeli colonization of the West Bank that is relentlessly eating into that region. Which should have formed a Palestinian state.

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Nothing is able today to maintain the faint hope. First in Israel, where society is divided on almost everything except the Palestinian question, and where attitudes oscillate between maintaining an untenable status quo and outright annexation of entire swaths of the West Bank. Deprived of its raison d’être, the creation of a state within the Palestinian Authority. It is embodied by Mahmoud Abbas, 87, more powerless and disgraced than ever, who sees the slightest political horizon vanish every day and in whom the allure of armed struggle is gaining force.

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Western sponsors of the late peace process, who have chosen to camp in denial, can gauge the relevance of their apathy from the determination displayed by the new Israeli coalition. “an exclusive and inalienable right to all parts of the Land of Israel”, which in his view included the occupied West Bank, and encouraged colonization there. Arab regimes, which spectacularly normalized their relations with Israel under the Abraham Accords without caring for a second about the fate of the Palestinians, have also fueled this status quo illusion.

The latter will remain a guarantee of disaster until the link between the occupation and violence is recognised, rather than completely concealed, which in itself legitimates, the Palestinians’ resort to terrorism. On Monday and Tuesday, United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken is expected to remedy the impasse in the region. If he sticks to the trite antiphon, his journey will be another missed opportunity to break out of it.

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