Analyst: Netanyahu is no different from Smotrich and Ben Gvir… and Biden is not pressuring him

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made three points, saying his government would reject any prisoner exchange agreement with the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas). These points were not surprising to analysts and experts who spoke during analytical breaks on Al Jazeera in the program. “Gaza… what next?”

The first point – according to Israeli media – concerns the fact that the Netanyahu government cannot allow a ceasefire and an end to the war, while the second and third points are that it refuses to release thousands of Palestinian prisoners, and Will not do this. Allow the army to leave the Gaza Strip.

Dr. Hassan Ayoub, professor of political science at An-Najah National University, was not surprised by the conditions set by Netanyahu because his positions do not differ from the positions of extremist ministers in his government, especially Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich. , and the Minister of National Security, Itamar Ben Gvir, because for them the issue is not related to the release of Palestinians prisoners, but to permanently turning the Gaza Strip into an unviable zone and not allowing the return of Palestinian refugees, which Representing 70% of the strip's population.

Any prisoner exchange deal would delay the achievement of Netanyahu's current goal of reaching Rafah and evacuating residents from the Gaza Strip or their return to Khan Yunis and the north of the Gaza Strip.

Dr. Muhammad Halsa, an academic and expert on Israeli affairs, similarly said that Netanyahu does not need to be pressured by right-wing ministers in his government, indicating that their positions intersect with his position that the war continues Gaza must continue.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (centre) attends the weekly government meeting in Jerusalem (Reuters)

Regarding the United States' dealings with Netanyahu's terms, Phyllis Pence, director of the New Globalization Project at the Institute for Policy Studies, said that US President Joe Biden's administration refuses to do anything that would “stop the slaughter of the Palestinian people.” “and put an end to the genocide they are carrying out,” which calls for a comprehensive ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, noting that talking about a two-state solution and the disarmament of the Palestinian state is “outdated language and Is”Oslo,” and is not linked to the required ceasefire.

The US administration should impose conditions on Israel on military aid and impunity, Pence said. He said the Biden administration is still not ready to put pressure on Netanyahu for a ceasefire, and what is currently happening is negotiations for a temporary ceasefire.

punish the settlers

In his comments on the executive order issued by the US President aimed at punishing Jewish settlers who attack Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, the US spokesperson described the decision as a formal and symbolic measure, as it affects 4 people Those who do not have any assets or accounts in the United States that are subject to sanctions revealed that a large percentage of settlers are immune from this type of punishment.

For his part, the professor of political science at An-Najah National University confirmed that the executive order issued by Biden contains misconceptions and is a very dangerous matter regarding the Israeli settlement in the West Bank, as it does not address the issue. says the deal is a war crime under international humanitarian law and the Fourth Geneva Convention, and second – the spokesperson says the executive order also includes Palestinians who could pose a threat to US interests.

In the same context, academics and experts on Israeli affairs observed that the problem of Palestinians does not lie with a few settlers, but in the policies adopted by Netanyahu and his government, who today raise the issue through Smotrich and Ben Gvir. Return of settlements inside the Gaza Strip.

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