'Escalation' is when Palestinians lose self-restraint

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Haaretz, 02.03.2015



4. Here’s a case of non-escalation: Armed Israelis raided the Deheisheh refugee camp in the West Bank last Tuesday night. They killed a young Palestinian (because those insolent Palestinians resisted the intrusion into their homes). In a raid the previous evening on the Aida refugee camp, an armed Israeli force wounded five young Palestinians with live ammunition. They too had the nerve to resist the raid and a kidnapping attempt.

[...] 5. In 2014, Israeli soldiers and police from those settlement defense forces injured 5,868 Palestinians in the West Bank (including East Jerusalem). On a weekly basis, on average the army carries out 75 raids on West Bank Palestinian neighborhoods and villages.

[...] 7. What is non-escalation on Israel’s part? The expansion of construction in the West Bank settlement of Ma’aleh Adumim; the confiscation of Palestinian land to build a new garbage dump for Jerusalem; restrictions on Palestinian construction and grazing in Area C – the portion of the West Bank under the full control of Israel, control of water resources to an extent that there is no more water fit to drink in the Gaza Strip; and demands that people cooperate with the Shin Bet security service in return for reinstatement of work permits.

[...] 9. “Escalation” is always at the Palestinians’ initiative and they are responsible for it. It’s escalation when the Palestinians cease fulfilling their obligation to exercise restraint.

10. Nevertheless, escalation is good for the army. It means more training exercises, more funding, joint forces training using live ammunition, using up old ammunition stockpiles to make room for the new; first-time use of newly-developed weaponry and new weapons orders from the United States and India. [...]

11. Escalation is also good for the top leadership. The people align behind the leadership and the idea that we, the Jews, are yet again the persecuted victims. [...]

13. Non-escalation is also good for the Jews. Construction continues in the settlements of Ma’aleh Adumim and Ariel in an effort to solve Israel’s housing shortage, along with the expulsion of Bedouin (for the above purpose). Deals are signed for the sale of weapons to the world.