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The erosion of Israeli deterrence and its reflection on the West Bank

18 9 1

Israeli Defence Minister, Benny Gantz, summed up the tense scene in the Gaza envelope by saying: Life will not be normal in the Gaza Strip as long as the life routine is not normal in the settlements of the Gaza envelope. The settlers in this area complained about the closures accompanied by a state of terror resulting from the declaration of an extreme state of emergency out of fear that the resistance would respond to the recent raids and arrests in Jenin camp. This recently resulted in the arrest of Islamic Jihad leader, Bassam Al-Saadi, and the martyrdom of the young man, Jihad Al-Kafrini.

The confrontation in Jenin soon spread to the Gaza envelope by turning it into a war zone that restricted the movement of settlers and stopped trains and transportation completely without the resistance firing a single shot. Mediation efforts did not success in ending the state of alert in the ranks of the Islamic Jihad fighters, prompting the Israeli security establishment to announce the continued closure of the Gaza envelope for two additional days, after security deliberations took place Wednesday evening in the Israeli cabinet. They had decided to keep the state of alert in the ranks of the Israeli occupation army in the Gaza envelope.

The cabinet decision aligned with the continued closure of the Beit Hanoun/ Erez and Kareem Abu Salem/ Kerem Shalom crossings, thus hindering the movement of workers from the Gaza Strip to the 1948 occupied territories and the entry and exit of goods to and from the besieged Gaza Strip. In doing so, the occupation is trying to prevent confrontation by raising the economic costs after the military deterrence mechanism failed to achieve its goals in deterring the resistance and separating it from the West Bank, as the resistance and the Islamic Jihad movement raised the level of alertness in its ranks, declaring its intention to engage with the occupation.

Israeli concern about the tense scene slipping into a large-scale confrontation, its........

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