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In the first hundred days of her tenure, the government failed in the security goals it set for itself - Walla! news

2021-09-22T17:07:57.981Z

Gaza has become the Achilles heel of the Bennett government, which is on its toes with Hamas, without a clear policy. Despite the pressure campaign in the international arena against Iran, which continues to be based in the Middle East, the West does not really change policy towards it. With the exception of deepening ties with the Arab world, strengthening Gantz's status is proving to be the main consideration



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100 days of Bennett

In the first hundred days of her tenure, the government failed in the security goals it set for itself

Gaza has become the Achilles heel of the Bennett government, which is on its toes with Hamas, without a clear policy.

Despite the pressure campaign in the international arena against Iran, which continues to be based in the Middle East, the West does not really change policy towards it.

With the exception of deepening ties with the Arab world, strengthening Gantz's status is proving to be the main consideration

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  • Naftali Bennett

  • Yair Lapid

  • Bnei Gantz

  • Iran

  • Hamas

  • the Palestinian Authority

Amir Bohbot

Wednesday, 22 September 2021, 09:53 Updated: 11:06

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In the video: 100 days of Bennett - summary of the Prime Minister's 3 months in office (Photo: Knesset Channel, Reuters and Walla !, editors: Tal Reznik)

In the first hundred days of its establishment, Naftali Bennett's government had to deal with quite a few security challenges. With the exception of strengthening ties with the Arab world, including Abu Mazen, King of Jordan and President of Egypt, the government appears to have failed, temporarily, in most of the security targets it has set for itself. After the holidays, the government will be required to decide on the future of the policy vis-à-vis Hamas in the Gaza Strip, as well as to prepare for developments vis-à-vis Iran. The salient consideration that this government has brought is in fact the relative freedom of action that Defense Minister Bnei Gantz has, compared to the previous government.



The Bennett government has made Iran a top priority for security. This includes promoting the IDF's level of readiness for an extreme scenario, such as attacking the nuclear project, and harnessing the world to narrow the steps of the ayatollahs' regime. The government has approved a budget framework for the IDF, as Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi wanted,



Prime Minister Bennett, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and Defense Minister Ganz went on a lobbying campaign in the international arena, including exposing intelligence against Iranian activity, but at this stage without results.

The West is not really ready to change policy towards Tehran, but on the other hand there is no progress at this stage towards a bad agreement for Israel between the United States and Iran.

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He was not persuaded to impose sanctions on Iran.

Biden and Bennett at their White House meeting (Photo: Official Website, US President's Twitter Page)

The second area on which the Bennett government is being examined is the United States. There is no doubt that Bennett is much more acceptable to the Joe Biden administration than Benjamin Netanyahu was, but there is no dramatic change in security policy toward Israel. If this will have effects on security assistance to Israel or close security cooperation in the various arenas, it is too early to determine. Washington has also not been persuaded to change the starting point in negotiations with Iran that has not yet matured, nor to impose sanctions, although Tehran continues to establish itself in the Middle East and promote terrorist activity against Israel.



The third space is the Arab world. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is heating up relations with the Israeli government led by Bennett out of personal interests such as the US lobby, but at this point Israel is temporarily taking advantage of this to achieve peace in the Gaza Strip. Against Israel, this will be a test of the emerging Bent-a-Sisi relationship.



The strengthening of trust and ties with King Abdullah of Jordan, which began for Gantz during his previous government tenure, has led to security changes that cannot be detailed at this stage but have a contribution to regional stability.

However, it cannot be ruled out that the Bennett government has expanded security cooperation with the Gulf states.

Takes advantage of global warming to achieve calm in the Gaza Strip.

Bennett and al-Sisi (Photo: Government Press Office, Kobi Gideon)

There is no positive change in the Lebanese arena. At this point, the IDF also needed the assistance of the GSS to deal effectively with the Palestinian faction in the land of cedars, with Iran in the background continuing to build Hezbollah's power as it did during the previous government. In the Syrian arena, the battle between the wars continues at the same pace and without any change in policy.



In the Judea and Samaria sector, there is a fundamental change that Gantz is leading, contrary to Bennett's position. Ganz is portrayed as pulling Bennett's nose to strengthen the Palestinian Authority. This includes increasing coordination with Abu Mazen, promoting construction in Area C, adding 15,000 workers to the quota of workers in Israel, and approving the huge loan to the Palestinian Authority. It can already be stated that the moves led by Gantz helped prevent a flare-up during the manhunt for the six security prisoners and the riots in Israeli prisons.



In the Gaza Strip sector, the situation is different.

The Bennett government inherited military achievements from the previous government after Operation Wall Guard.

At the beginning of his tenure, Bennett, Ganz, Lapid and Chief of Staff Kochavi agreed that whatever happened would not happen and that the opening of the crossings and the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip should be prevented in exchange for promoting the issue of prisoners and missing persons. Terrorist targets for every balloon and fire, this policy was also implemented during the previous government's tenure, but at a different pace.The Bennett government, like the previous government, is stepping on its toes and attacking targets with no intention of shaking Hamas but trying to achieve temporary peace without breaking the tools.

In Israel, it is estimated that after the holidays, the border is expected to boil.

Demonstrations on the fence in the Gaza Strip (Photo: Official website, Hassan Aslich)

The defense establishment estimates that Hamas 'commitment to the Egyptian president to remain silent during the holidays will end and the situation at the border will return to boiling, as no agreement has yet been reached on an outline for the payment of officials' salaries. This is how the Gaza Strip becomes the Achilles' heel of the Bennett government that has not decided on a clear policy: whether it is interested in advancing the series with the prisoners and the missing, the series without the prisoners and the missing, or staying in the status quo, until a military clash ensues.



The political issue vis-à-vis the Gaza Strip not only did not advance in any area, it went backwards. Worse, if the Bennett government regulates the payment of salaries to officials in Gaza, it will return to the eve of Operation Wall Guard, without receiving compensation, a situation that conveys weakness towards Hamas and other terrorist organizations. Another thing that conveyed confusion and disorder is the moment Foreign Minister Lapid presented security policy.



The state budget, which is an obstacle for any government and will be brought for approval in the winter session, this time, unlike previous governments, includes the budget for the protection of the north, which has been stuck since 2018, including NIS 200 million for the Lebanese border barrier.

These sums, if finally approved, will come at the expense of strengthening the seam line in Judea and Samaria that suffers from severe aneurysms.

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