Monday, May 10, 2021

The Brewing Storm Over Jerusalem

Can Israel calm the storm brewing over Jerusalem? -analysis

On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rockfor all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves. 
(Zechariah 12)

Israel will need to display a great deal of wisdom in the coming days to calm a perfect storm brewing over Jerusalem.
Here are the elements of that mounting storm:

1. The end of Ramadan, a month that historically brings with it an uptick in violence.
2. The potential evictions of four Palestinian families from homes in the capital’s Sheikh Jarrah/Shimon Hatzadik neighborhood that were built on land owned by Jews.
3. Jerusalem Day on Monday and the traditional march through the Damascus Gate to the Western Wall. The desire by some Jews to go up to the Temple Mount on Jerusalem Day.
4. May 15, the day after the Gregorian date for Israel’s Independence Day, marked by Arabs as Nakba Day, or “Catastrophe Day.”
5. PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s cancellation of the Palestinian elections and the ensuing interest of Fatah to show that it is still fighting for Palestinian rights, and Hamas’s interest in inflaming the situation beyond Jerusalem to both challenge Abbas and Israel.

6.The ongoing political crisis in Israel and the weakness this radiates to those who want to challenge Israel, believing that a transitional government will not be able to commit Israel to a widespread military campaign.
In other words, numerous elements are all coming together in one week in a way that could be particularly combustible.
As such, this is the time for Israel – as the well-worn saying goes – to be smart, not only right.
The Supreme Court leaned decidedly in that direction on Sunday, when – at the request of Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit – it decided to postpone until June 8 a hearing scheduled to determine whether the Palestinian families in the Sheikh Jarrah/Shimon Hatzadik neighborhood can be evicted.


AudioOutlaw said...

New updates on the pipeline...

This could get very, very ugly very, very fast... This is not good.

john said...

“When the time was right, the sea parted, the walls fell down, the sun stood still, the waves were calm. The stone was rolled away, the clouds were parted and the Lord ascended. And when the time is right the King of Kings will return. God is never late, He is always on time, and His plan for you is good, in fact His plan for you is perfect.”
—Jan Markel