• July 13, 2021

Israel’s tumultuous two years and how it has emerged stronger than before

Israel has had two tumultuous years, with many crises, and has come out stronger than before. This story is here: “Don’t overlook the success of Israel”, by Dan Schueftan, Israel Hayom, July 6, 2021:

Over the past two years, Israel has weathered crisis after crisis and demonstrated admirable resilience. This, despite the intellectuals who have been dismissing the country, refusing to look at the big picture and focusing on the small details that bothered them at all times.

Since 2019, Israel has had to deal with medical, economic, security, diplomatic and political crises….

In terms of diplomacy, Jerusalem has had to come to terms with the fact that the Biden administration is determined to return to a nuclear deal with Iran. And last but not least, the political system has been in limbo for several years.

Any democracy would have difficulties to see a bright future in such circumstances, much less find a solution to this series of crises….

Until world peace is established, our challenge is to avoid the deception of peace and brotherly love between nations and to focus on ensuring that Israel will remain a free and prosperous country despite its threatening environment while working on small achievements, modest but constant. that would somehow mitigate the impact of the conflict.

This means not illusions of permanent peace with the Palestinians, but instead maintaining the deterrence strategy that has kept Israel safe; That means, though Schueftan doesn’t explain it clearly, clinging to, at the very least, the Jordan Valley, the Golan Heights, and East Jerusalem. The truces, the hudnas, are the best Israel can hope for in its dealings with the Palestinians.

As for Iran, the Islamic Republic will only cease to be an existential threat to Israel and the entire region if the regime and its violent practices are defeated. But Jerusalem does not have the power to do so and must therefore create a regional alliance with Iran’s adversaries to counter their quest for hegemony. This, at the very least, will slow down the development of its nuclear and conventional capabilities….

Israel has done very well in establishing unofficial security alliances with the Persian Gulf states (United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain) that are most threatened by Iran. They share intelligence on the Islamic Republic. And Israel’s Mossad has been waging a relentless campaign of sabotage and assassination to stop Iran’s nuclear project. The Stuxnet computer worm in 2010 that caused the self-destruction of more than 1,000 of Iran’s centrifuges, the murder of four of Iran’s nuclear scientists between 2010 and 2012, the theft of Iran’s entire nuclear archive by Mossad agents in 2018 , the attack on Iran’s centrifuge in Natanz in 2020, and another devastating attack, in 2021, on a centrifuge plant that had been built 50 meters underground in Natanz to replace the one destroyed in 2020, and finally, the assassination of Iran’s top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, in late 2020 – all these Israeli derisive acts have earned the admiration of Israel’s Arab allies.

Israel has managed to emerge from the pandemic with relative success compared to other Western democracies, despite the problems that arose with the Arab and ultra-Orthodox communities, with a much lower death rate and a relatively rapid economic rebound.

In fact, Israel has emerged not only “with relative success” from the pandemic, but has done better than any other country, in its vaccination rate and in its success in treating those infected.

And on top of that, Israeli society has shown resistance during the recent outbreak with Hamas, Israel was not drawn into a war in the north and in Judea and Samaria, and the Arab-Israeli coalition in the region has been strengthened….

Hezbollah remained silent during the war between Hamas and Israel, not wanting to risk a crushing defeat by the Jewish state. In Judea and Samaria (also known as the West Bank), the Palestinian Authority also chose to stay on the sidelines, in no rush to help its arch enemy Hamas. The Arab states belonging to the Abrahamic Accords, especially the United Arab Emirates, issued the mildest reprimands to Israel; the Accords remained firm. And both Egypt and Saudi Arabia, which are not members of the Accords, continued their security cooperation with the Jewish state.

Israel’s democracy held firm as Netanyahu was peacefully replaced by Bennett, despite many warnings of political paralysis. Israel’s healthcare system coped with the pandemic better than that of any other country in the world. Arab violence in Israel’s “mixed” cities was quickly brought under control, within two weeks, despite all the expressed fears of a “civil war”. The Gaza war led to a crushing defeat for Hamas, with the loss of only 12 Israeli lives. Not only did Hamas see its stockpile of rockets depleted by more than 4,300, but the tunnel network it had spent more than $ 1 billion to build was hit by the IDF, resulting in the total destruction of at least 62 miles of tunnels. Meanwhile, Israel’s Iron Dome batteries intercepted 90% of the rockets launched from Gaza towards the Jewish state.

As for the disagreement with the US on Iran, Israel has managed to energetically and repeatedly voice its objections to the Americans about a return to the 2015 Iran deal, and made it clear that it will act alone, if necessary, to prevent it from Iran get a nuclear bomb. weapon. When Biden met with outgoing Israel President Reuven Rivlin, Biden told him that “My commitment to Israel is … ironclad,” and assured him that “what I can tell you is that Iran will never get a nuclear weapon under my supervision. “.

With the peaceful transition of political power, the Gaza war decisively won, Arab violence in mixed cities like Lod and Ramle was quickly suppressed, with the pandemic all but licked away, and Israeli companies on Wall Street in just one month, June. , they reached a combined valuation. of more than $ 37 billion in IPOs, with the Abraham Accords still strong, and especially between the Jewish state and the Emirates, leading to more and more deals in trade, technology and tourism, it is hard not to conclude, with Dan Shueftan , that Israel “has had to deal with medical, economic, security, diplomatic and political crises” and managed quite well, thank you, with all of them.

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