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The Israeli government's drift to the left

Despite the fact that Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett comes from a conservative fringe of Israeli politics, his government is increasingly plagued by the influence of the left and Arab parties. One of the central aspects of the political program of Bennett's Yamina ("the Right") party has long been the protection of Jewish settlement communities in Judea and Samaria and the blocking of irregular Arab settlements in Israel. However, a very recent law has just been passed on the regularization of nearly 70,000 illegally built Arab homes, also granting them the right to attach themselves to water and electricity systems. The law is the work of the Arab Islamist Ra'am party, linked to the Muslim Brotherhood and the Israeli government, a symbol of the influence that Israeli Arab MPs now enjoy within the Israeli political sphere.

Such legislative decisions are not without consequences since they effectively promote the establishment of illegal dwellings, especially in the Negev desert, many of which escape Israeli institutions. If the Bedouins who live there have always benefited from tacit authorization from successive governments to set up their makeshift camps, a kind of slum half hard and half made of sheet metal, this situation must now be regulated now that the State of Israel is more than 70 years old.

Rather than favoring the settlement of Bedouin families in legal villages or building land, the government authorizes, through this new law, this tradition of illegal settlement of Bedouins wherever they want, cut off from all state infrastructure, leaving these thousands of Arab and Bedouin Israeli citizens without control (or very little) of the police, health and rescue services, effectively exempt from taxes and taxes... As a result, "lawless" zones are forming in the heart of the country. Already, violence in these territories is well above the Israeli average and clashes between rival gangs or tribes, for the control of arms or drug trafficking, are commonplace. Not to mention intertribal revenge and traditional family vendettas...

Authorization for Arabs, refusal for Jews

While Israel's Arab and Bedouin communities are enjoying this preferential treatment never before equalled by the Bennett government, the situation is different from the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria (Area C of the Palestinian territories). As a reminder, these communities are described as settlements by the Western media, even though the texts of international law, concerning the management of the Palestinian territories, allow Jews to settle in Area C of these territories, although the Israeli governments refuse to recognize as legal these communities, because of the geopolitical impact and the international policy that this could produce.

Naftali Bennett, the current Israeli Prime Minister from a right-wing conservative Zionist-religious party, has long been the defender of these Jewish settlements. One of his main criticisms of Netanyahu (also on the right) was precisely to denounce the latter's lukewarmness towards support for Jewish communities in the Palestinian territories. Now in power, however, Bennett denies all his ideological convictions by acting like his predecessor, or even further restricting settlement construction compared to previous years. This logically stems from its weakness in a government dominated by factions of the left and Arab parties, constantly threatening to break up the governing coalition. Such a situation would be catastrophic for Bennett, whose party is in sharp deficit of popular support following Bennett's alliance with Arab and left-wing parties, a red line for many voters. The Yamina party would surely not even pass the threshold of eligibility at the moment, if elections were held.

Thus, the Israeli government is once again in a situation of compromise: to please the Arabs and the Bedouins while disadvantaging the Jewish populations of the settlements, even though this is contrary to the ideology of the Prime Minister's party and several right-wing parties members of the government.

More than ever, Israel is ruled by power-hungry politicians, with false words and against the population. What the rabbis call the "erev rav" or the enemy within. Israel does not only have to fight external enemies and the biggest danger today surely comes from this government coalition dominated by the left and the Arab parties, favorable to the Palestinians and unfavorable to the religious, favorable to the ideology "woke" (promotion of homosexuality, LGBT ...) and anxious to please the international, at the risk of playing with fire, with Iran in particular....

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