Israel is at a strategic security juncture, with regard to deterrence, the international position, its stance against its enemies, and the erosion of its capabilities.
The former spokesman for the Israeli army, Ronen Manilis, said, “The week that passed was a security jam… A military operation in Jenin, shooting from Gaza, anti-tank fire from Lebanon, an operation in Kedumim and another in Tel Aviv”.
He added that, in light of these conditions, “Israel is at a strategic security juncture with regard to deterrence, while this matter doesn’t concern much the leaders of the coalition and the government, who instead of making efforts in this, have now chosen to advance personal and controversial laws”.
The Israeli Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, called for stopping everything and preparing for war, noting that the most explosive of the five security arenas that were active this week is Lebanon.
In an article on its front page, the Israeli military affairs analyst, Yossi Yehoshua, said, “In light of the developments, the Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, must immediately stop the issue of judicial amendments, the protesters are required to stop the acts of protest, and instead the Israelis must prepare for a war that the home front has never known”.
The Israeli analyst mentioned that five arenas were active this week: Gaza, Syria, Lebanon, the Jenin camp in the West Bank, and attacks in Tel Aviv.
However, Lebanon is the most explosive arena, and the danger is increasing.
The Israeli analyst concluded by saying, “Nasrallah is an artist in diagnosing internal weaknesses in Israel, and an expert in Israeli society, and this is what makes him willing to take risks, and in the end, the situation will explode in the face of Israel”.
The Israeli fear of the growing military capabilities of Hezbollah, the fear of any ongoing war, and Israel’s unpreparedness for it is increasing in light of the successive internal crises, which highlighted by the Israeli media remarkably.
In this context, the former land force commander, Major General Reserve Guy Tzur, stated that the biggest problem facing Israel is the disintegrating social fabric and the Israeli army within it.
Tzur stressed, “The most difficult security challenge is that there is no unit fabric that can carry this burden, and this is the main issue that poses a challenge to Israel”.
The Israeli president head, Isaac Herzog, had confirmed that the internal crisis that Israel is going through is one of the most serious internal crises, and affects a number of sectors.
He previously indicated that “the enemies well diagnose the disintegration of the Israeli unity, and act accordingly,” adding that whoever believes that “an internal war is a border that we will not reach, has no idea about the reality of the situation in Israel”.
Herzog believed that Israel is at a crossroads, either a historic crisis or a decisive constitutional moment.
This comes at a time when several demonstrations took place in front of the homes of Israeli ministers and Knesset members from the government coalition, and at least three settlers arrested in Tel Aviv.
The demonstrators gathered in front of the homes of the Israeli Minister of Economy, Nir Barkat, in occupied Jerusalem, the Minister of Diaspora Affairs, Amichai Chikli, and the Minister of Science, Ofir Akunis, in Tel Aviv, and waved banners that read, “You are a burden on the state”.
The organizers of the protests announced that “the demonstrations will start next Monday, and called for allocating Tuesday, in the event of ratification of the judicial amendment, for the largest protest since the start of the protests”.
Despite Netanyahu’s announcement about 3 months ago of freezing the draft judicial amendment plan and entering into negotiations with the Israeli opposition, the demonstrators reject this freeze and demand its cancellation.
The renewal of the protest movement comes after a sharp division in the Knesset after the election of a deputy from the Israeli opposition as a delegate in the Judges Appointment Committee, and the subsequent announcement by the opposition of stopping negotiations with the coalition in the President office, Isaac Herzog, until the committee formed.