Two pillars of Israeli society affected by Intifada: security and economy

Two pillars of Israeli society affected by Intifada: security and economy

Regarding the losses Israel has incurred as a result of the Jerusalem intifada, Saleh said that 1,516 attacks were carried out during the first five months of the intifada, including 296 operations that led to Israeli casualties through individual-organized operations.

AhlulBayt News Agency - General Manager of al-Zaytouna Center for Studies, Mohsen Saleh, said that the Jerusalem intifada (uprising) shook the two major bases of the Israeli society namely security and economy, as opposed to the state of resilience characterizing the Palestinians. He pointed out that the ongoing uprising redirected the compass of the Muslim Ummah to its topmost enemy.

He predicted in an interview on the al-Jazeera TV program "Without Borders", that the intifada will overcome the challenges it faces, stressing that the resistance is escalating, despite the difficulties and obstacles.

Regarding the losses Israel has incurred as a result of the Jerusalem intifada, Saleh said that 1,516 attacks were carried out during the first five months of the intifada, including 296 operations that led to Israeli casualties through individual-organized operations.

Saleh explained that despite the fact that the Israeli losses may seem small, but when taking into account that Israel is based on security and economy, and how the current intifada is causing panic in the Israeli society, that 77% of the Israeli settlers no longer feel secure, of whom 52% do not feel safe at all, and 25% feel insecure, according to the Israeli statistics, we can then conclude that the intifada is causing real losses to Israel.

He added that Israel has mobilized 27 military battalions to confront the intifada and this means a state of attrition to the Israeli society. He pointed out that 80% of the population in some cities, where the intifada operations occur, stay inside their homes at certain times; in addition to great losses in the tourism sector and other sectors.

He pointed that each one of the three intifadas is distinguished by certain features; the first intifada was known as that of the children of the stones; the second was characterized by the human-bombing attacks, while the current intifada is marked by knives.

What distinguishes the Jerusalem intifada also is that its operations are carried out mostly in occupied Jerusalem, making this uprising take the honor of defending al-Aqsa Mosque and the holy city, he elaborated.

Saleh said that the Jerusalem intifada is also distinguished for being carried out by youths, who are not affiliated with factions and do not have a leadership that could be targeted and eliminated by Israel. Furthermore, there is a remarkable participation of Palestinian young women in the attacks, he underlined.

He pointed out that the generation that leads the current uprising is the generation which had been called the "generation of Oslo," referring to the fact that it grew in the times of the Oslo agreement and the other agreements following it, yet was described by some studies as the one that opposes Oslo the most.

The future of the PA

Regarding the future of the Palestinian Authority (PA), Saleh said that it had reached an impasse, meaning that instead of evolving from an authority to a state on the occupied Palestinian lands in 1967, it became a functional security situation that serves the Israeli occupation.

He added that the settlement process had reached a dead-end, and that about 70% of Palestinians consider the Oslo agreement "dead," and that about 50% of the Palestinians demand the disbanding of the PA.

Saleh said that about 43% of the employees in the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank are members of the security services, and 40% of the Authority salaries are for them, pointing out that the ratio of security personnel in comparison with the Palestinians in the West Bank is 43 per thousand inhabitants, while the global ratio does not exceed three per thousand inhabitants.

Saleh opined that the resistance and the current uprising unite the Palestinian people regardless of their political affiliations.

He called on the Palestinian leadership to live up to the aspiration of the Palestinian people who provide these precious sacrifices, stressing that there is a Palestinian consensus on the need to halt security coordination with the Israeli occupation.

On the future of the Jerusalem intifada, Saleh said that it faces three challenges: the challenge of continuing under the enormous pressures to end it, the challenge of expanding in light of the efforts to curb it, and the challenge of being politically exploited in the incorrect direction. He stressed that this intifada need to overcome these challenges in order to achieve its objectives.




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