Jerusalem24 – A senior official in the Israeli occupation army warned of a possible escalation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, in the event of “no understandings are reached with the organizations in the Gaza Strip and the situation in the West Bank is calmed,” referring to what he described as “field turmoil.”
He warned that there are indications of the presence of the factions’ activities in the city of Jenin, and did not rule out a return to a military operation in Gaza, saying, “we can return to the “guardian of the fences” (the recent Israeli war on the Gaza Strip).”
In statements carried by the official broadcaster, Kan 11, the official hinted that the army’s behavior contributed to igniting the situation in the West Bank, referring to the killing of the child, Muhammad Al-Alami, and said that the responsible soldier “will be subject to interrogation by the Military Police’s investigation unit.”
In a related context, Israeli Channel 12 reported that Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett prevented Defense Minister Benny Gantz from meeting President Mahmoud Abbas. The channel indicated that Gantz asked Bennett in recent days to grant him permission to meet with Abbas, but Bennett refused the request.
The channel pointed out that Gantz tried to convince Bennett of the importance of holding the meeting on the grounds that allowing Foreign Minister Yair Lapid to hold such a meeting would have political repercussions that are not in Tel Aviv’s interest.
According to what the Al-Monitor website quoted from Israeli security sources, Bennett intends to make “substantial and tangible gestures of goodwill” toward the Palestinians, to gain the confidence of US President Joe Biden in the Iranian file.
According to the website, The Palestinian file came third in Bennett’s talks with the Director General of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), William Burns, last Wednesday, which focused mainly on Iran.