The reasons for the East Jerusalem crisis

There are a number of concomitant factors that contribute to the current tense situation in East Jerusalem; the presence of causes that contribute to fueling the current state is present to a greater extent within the Israeli side, but also in the Palestinian side there are elements that contribute to making the whole question unstable. Starting from Israeli causes, it seems impossible not to consider the main responsibilities of the political and even electoral growth of the nationalist far right, which has made its program of making the Israeli nation a Jewish state an instrument of forcing within the country’s political dialogue; dialogue with this political party appears impossible, if not with the intention of using it in a functional way for one’s own purposes and, therefore, giving in to its requests to secure its support. This political strategy was the basis of Netanyahu’s action, who used it without too many scruples, although sometimes not completely sharing the approach of the nationalist right, to reach his fundamental goal: to remain in power in every way. Seen from this angle, the fact of having sacrificed the Arab residents, legitimate inhabitants of the occupied colonies, and, therefore, the two-state solution, never completely officially denied, and, consequently, the peace and stability of the country, confirms his lack of scruples and the inadequacy of governing a country at the center of major international issues. We must also consider the contingent fact of Netanyahu’s current judicial situation: being under investigation for corruption, fraud and abuse of office makes it necessary to shift public attention from these legal issues and the fact that the former premier does not was able to form the new government, making evident his responsibility for the continuous state of paralysis of Israeli politics: the increase in tensions in the occupied territories and the centrality of the issue of East Jerusalem, are considered excellent tools to operate the distraction of mass. There is also a great absentee in the dispute over East Jerusalem: Israeli society as a whole, reluctant to take a stand and take a stand against the provocative actions of the Netanyahu government, thus revealing a certain addiction to the homologation policy operated by the rhetoric of the right. nationalist and in general by the tendency of the last Israeli governments; The reactions of the Orthodox and Christian churches were quite different, which strongly condemned the repressions and evictions that Palestinian families displaced from East Jerusalem had to endure. Although they cannot be framed within the dialectic of Israeli politics, at this moment the Christian and Orthodox leadership represent the most authoritative voice against the work of the Tel Aviv government, present in Israel. The current situation seems to follow what already happened with the start of the second intifada, caused by Sharon’s provocative attitude, which has many similarities with Netanyahu’s current one. The most important political consideration to make is that if the expropriation of the Palestinian neighborhood of East Jerusalem is successful, the immediate consequence will be the end of the possibility of the solution of the two-state formula, while from a legal point of view Israeli action is still once a violation of international law and we must ask ourselves how long the international community intends not to ask Tel Aviv to account for its actions. On the Palestinian side, the most serious failure was that of Abu Mazen and his political side to repress all dissent, up to the postponement of the elections so as not to lose them, the Palestinian elections have not taken place for 15 years and this has prevented a normal political dialectic between the various Palestinian components, forcing Arab dissent to be directed only against Israel. From the point of view of international politics, the current issue risks reuniting the Sunni world, which has resumed dialogue trying to overcome their respective mistrust: the activism of the Turkish foreign minister has allowed Turkey to resume dialogue with Arabia. Saudi and with Egypt, despite the profound differences of view and a topic at the center of the talks will undoubtedly have been the Palestinian question, which risks coming back strongly to the fore, also as a factor of further cohesion of the Sunni world: an element in more of concern is for the USA, too silent until now, and for Israel itself, which risks a worsening of relations with Arabia.