September 16, 2019

Israel's Braces for a Storm After West Bank Terror

“While Israel has been occupied with the scandal of the Iranian hack into ex-general and election contender Benny Gantz’s cellphone, Sunday morning gave Israelis a quick and painful reminder of what real life is like.

The serious attack near Ariel in the West Bank, which claimed the life of an Israeli man and wounded two others, demonstrates that the Palestinian front is as heated up as ever: It will continue to affect the election campaign in the three remaining weeks till the ballots open. The escalation is already here; only its final dimensions and political impact have yet to be determined.

Likud campaigners will likely continue to talk about the quietest decade in the history of the state. In practice, this is a relative matter, and what’s more, the relative calm in effect dissipated several months ago. Furthermore, it is unclear whether the rivals from Kahol Lavan (Gantz’s party) have better solutions, despite the fact that the political alliance is headed by three former army chiefs.”

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