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Number Seven Thousand Four Hundred and Twenty One - 30 October 2023
Iran Daily - Number Seven Thousand Four Hundred and Twenty One - 30 October 2023 - Page 5

Netanyahu’s plights and the West plots

By Mohsen Pakaeen
International affairs expert
After Benjamin Netanyahu secured his second term as Israel’s prime minister, it was expected that his radical policies would result in a new war against the innocent people of Palestine. And it wasn’t long before this prediction came true.
Netanyahu’s insistence on the violation of international regulations and the United Nations’ resolutions by the expansion of illegal settlements and the desecration of the Al-Aqsa Mosque caused the 193-member United Nations General Assembly to ask the International Court of Justice in December 2022 to give an advisory opinion on the legal consequences of Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories.
The desecration of the Al-Aqsa Mosque by the Israeli National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir, which coincided with the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, aroused anti-Israel and pro-Palestine sentiments during the event.    
Israel’s brutal attacks on the Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank in recent months and repeated deadly strikes on the besieged Gaza Strip led to the manifestation of the pent-up anger of Palestinians and the consequent crushing response of the resistance groups, including Hamas, to the regime’s crimes.
Now, international experts are asking whether the US and the European countries have made a miscalculation by openly supporting the Israeli regime or they have deliberately encouraged Bibi to continue the conflict to eliminate him from Israel’s political scene to secure their interests in the Middle East.
Some Israeli experts and even some members of the Knesset believe that Netanyahu’s decision to enter into war with Hamas and exert more pressure on the Palestinians is aimed at distracting public attention from his domestic issues, particularly his corruption case.
He has also refused to commit to setting up a commission of inquiry to investigate the failings that enabled the Hamas attacks.
Public opinion and many Israeli politicians believe that Netanyahu is responsible for all the consequences of the army defeat against Hamas.
“After the war, everyone will have to give answers, myself included,” Netanyahu said on Saturday. He also acknowledged that “there was an awful debacle.”
Netanyahu’s remarks have once again provoked public anger and different political parties believe that he is not still aware of the extent of the incident and the damage to the public’s trust.
The lack of trust in society against Netanyahu has also increased after the release of pictures of his son on the beaches of Miami and the stay of the prime minister and his wife at the house of an American billionaire to escape the Hamas attacks. Israelis and even some members of the Likud party believe that the prime minister is now only focused on the ground invasion of Gaza. By continuing attacks on civilians, he aims to disclaim responsibility for the intelligence failure, his cabinet’s failure to normalize ties with the Arab countries, the regime’s isolation in the international organizations as well as increasing inflation.  
According to Israeli media forecasts, should the conflict conclude and a ceasefire be established, it is anticipated that Netanyahu’s political career will come to an end, leading to the dissolution of his cabinet.


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