Opinion article by Iyad al-Qara’a
Following the latest Israeli threats against Gaza, especially after the tensest Friday of the Great March of Return, it is crystal clear that the Israeli occupation is confused about the popular protests at the Gaza’s eastern borders while trying hard to get over the terrible security status there.
The Israeli occupation speculated that it could break up the Great March of Return by force without lifting its 12-year siege on the Gaza Strip. However, the Palestinian people have confounded these expectations after they took to the borders demanding their right to return to their homeland and the Israeli siege on Gaza to be broken.
Here, the conflict turns out to be of willpower between the Israeli occupation and Palestinian people, bearing in mind that the Palestinains have got used to standing steadfast in the face of the occupation and have insisted to continue their 7-month-long peaceful protests until their demands are met.
Walking on the edge of an abyss is a dangerous game that is being played by the Israeli War Minister Avigdor Lieberman and the Chief of Staff of the Israeli occupation forces Gadi Eizenkot without realizing its ramifications. While the Israeli leaders make threats to attack Gaza if the Palestinians do not stop the Great March of Return, it seems that no one has the power to end the march unless the Palestinian demands are met.
The policy that the Israeli Occupation has adopted will inevitably lead to an all-out conflict with the Palestinian resistance, as the Israeli occupation forces have been using excessive force to deter the peaceful protesters, leaving innocent victims among the Palestinian civilians.
The situation at the Gaza’s eastern borders has been extremely tense over the few passed days and it could escalate next Friday as a response to the Israeli threats.
Egypt’s efforts may succeed in one case: if the Egyptian officials could convince the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to lift sanctions on Gaza, stop interfering in the Egypt-brokered ceasefire with the Israeli occupation, and help in breaking the Israeli siege on Gaza.
Otherwise, there would be an inevitable military confrontation between the Israeli occupation and the Palestinian resistance, which is fed up with showing restraint. At some point, things would go wrong, dragging the Israeli occupation into an abyss.