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The Day After

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More from Uri Avnery on the UN vote on Palestinian statehood:

What will happen the day after? Our army has already announced that it has finished preparations for huge Palestinian demonstrations that will attack the settlements. The settlers will be called upon to mobilize their “quick-reaction teams” to confront the demonstrators, thus fulfilling the prophecies of a “bloodbath”. After that the army will move in, pulling many battalions of regular troops from other tasks and calling up reserve units.

A few weeks ago I pointed to ominous signs that sharpshooters would be employed to turn peaceful demonstrations into something very different, as happened during the second intifada. This week this was officially confirmed: sharpshooters will be employed to defend the settlements.

All this amounts to a war plan for the settlements.

Comments on “The Day After”

  1. Geoff Roberts says:

    It amazes me that the Israeli government has not seized the opportunity to negotiations with the emerging democracies and so ensure peace in the region for years to come. Instead they have deliberately snubbed the new regimes and also annoyed the Turkish government. A disaster is looming and it’s not the fault of the Palestinians. This time, it’s the Israelis who have missed the opportunity.

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