Here are some of the leading headlines today in Israel:
- Netanyahu announces plans to resume work on Jewish State Law
- PM denies plan to transfer 2,500 acres to Palestinians
- No need for West Bank invasion, targeted assassinations, says Ya’alon
The Israel Rising take: When the Prime Minister announces work on the long awaited Jewish State Law bill two questions come to mind? Why is he announcing this now and what does Israel need a Jewish State Law for? The PM always announces “right wing” statements when he feels pushed back by his own camp. Bibi believes in keeping the situation under management instead of finding solutions to challenges. His coalition has been shaky from the beginning and announcements like working on the Jewish State Law will keep those ministers that are to his right from bolting the coalition next time there is a crisis.
When the government denies transferring acres to Palestinians you can rest assured it had been on the table. The government will not transfer it because the coalition will be finished. Area C is rightfully part of Israel even according to the Oslo accords. transferring more land will not solve the conflict but rather give a prize to terror. Why a leak now? Like anything else in Israel, the opposition and the Arabs will try to trick the right into crashing the coalition due to emotions rather than at an opportune time.
Yaalon’s has tried to keep a lid on a full scale take down of the PA terror entity in Judea and Samaria due to a couple of considerations. The first is that he really doesn’t believe in our right to these areas other than for strategic reasons. The second is that wit all the chaos surrounding Israel, the IDF needs to be focused on the more “dangerous” geopolitical situation. Lastly, Yaalon is worried about a backlash te USA state department and would like to keep up his good relations with America. The above three points are keeping Jews in harms way.