The US secretary of state has reportedly warned Israeli leaders that evicting Palestinian families from their homes in East Jerusalem could lead to “conflict and war” amid a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.
In response, however, Israel announced on Sunday that it would reinforce 5,000 police forces in east Jerusalem. This decision of Israel, which ignores the warning of the USA, may trigger a new war.
Iran’s declaring war against Israel on Saturday, openly saying “Palestinian missiles and drones will continue to haunt illegal Israeli settlers” and “Israelis Must Prepare to Leave” may justify Israel’s action.
There has been no comment from the US administration yet. President Biden announced his new budget proposal in a evasive move only on Friday evening. In this budget proposal, it is seen that the budget allocated against the Iranian-backed Iraqi militias in the Middle East has been reduced.
These threatening pro-war statements from Iran, coming just after the budget proposal, and the clash on the Iran-Iraq border on Sunday are indications that the US is losing its influence in the region.
The actions of the Israeli police in Jerusalem after the ceasefire, as well as other actors in the Middle East, may trigger the conflict. Now Lets examine US warnings to Israel and how Iran threat Israel with a major war?
#Iran’s head of the #Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force said that “we will offer everything we can to achieve the goal of liberating all of the #Palestinian land”— The Jerusalem Post (@Jerusalem_Post) May 23, 2021
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Antony Blinken, who visited Jerusalem earlier this week, told American media actions that could “spark another round of violence” had to be avoided. His comments come after an 11-day war between Israel and Hamas, the Gaza Strip’s militant rulers, which left more than 250 people dead.
Most of the victims were killed in Gaza, where 66 children died in the explosion of violence earlier this month. Twelve people – including two children – died in Israel.
The war was triggered by weeks of clashes in Jerusalem between Israeli police and Palestinian protesters in and around the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Mr Blinken told Axios he offered a warning over the evictions on his recent visit to the region.
“We raised the concerns that we have on all sides with actions that in the first instance could spark tension, conflict and war and also ultimately undermine even further the difficult prospects for two states,” the US secretary of state told the news outlet.
He told Axios he mentioned the “evictions of Palestinians from their homes where they lived for decades and generations, the demolitions of housing as well” when meeting with Israeli officials, as well as “everything that took place on and around the Temple Mount”.
Meanwhile, he told the site he spoke about “incitement to violence or letting violence go forward with impunity” to Palestinian leaders.
Mr Blinken visited the Middle East earlier this week with the aim of solidifying the ceasefire – which began on Friday after the worst fighting between Palestinian militants and Israel in years – and raising money for reconstruction. At a press conference during the visit,
he warned against actions by Israel or the Palestinians that risk inciting tensions or ultimately undermine the two-state solution to which he said Washington was still committed – including the possible Israeli evictions of Palestinians from East Jerusalem.
Iran’s defense minister says Palestinian missiles and drones will continue to haunt illegal Israeli settlers in the occupied territories following the regime’s recent failed aggression against the besieged Gaza Strip. “From now on, missiles, drones and defensive capabilities of the [true] owners of Palestine will haunt usurper [Israeli] settlers like a nightmare,” Brigadier General Amir Hatami told a gathering of high-ranking officials of Iran’s Defense Ministry on Sunday.
He added that the most important achievement of the victory against the Israeli regime in the recent war was enhanced unity and solidarity among all Palestinians across the occupied territories in the face of the criminal Zionist regime and its Western and American supporters.
“As the sage Leader of the Islamic Revolution [Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei] said, the Zionist regime will not see the next 25 years,” the Iranian defense chief added. Pointing to the Palestinian resistance fighters’ victory over “the armed-to-the-teeth Israeli regime,
” Hatami emphasized that the Palestinian people fought the enemy under the most difficult circumstances “and emerged victorious through faith in the divine victory over falsehood.” Brigadier-General Esmaeil Ghaani (Qaani), commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) extraterritorial Qods (Quds) Force, said Saturday that Israelis should prepare to move back to Europe,
the United States and other places from the occupied Palestinian territories. He suggested Palestinians should prepare for running their country “I’d advise all Zionists to go back and repurchase the houses they sold in Europe, the US and elsewhere before those houses become more expensive than they are today,
” Ghaani said at a memorial ceremony in Tehran for the recently deceased Qods Force deputy commander Mohammad Hosseinzadeh Hejazi. Ghaani’s comments followed a suggestion from Hassan Nasrallah on May 25 that Israelis with two citizenships had already packed their bags and were ready to leave.
Mohammadreza Naghdi, the Guards’ coordination deputy, told the Tasnim News Agency April 26 that Hejazi, who passed away April 18, had been active in Lebanon supplying missiles and drones to resistance forces in Lebanon and Gaza. His death has been attributed to cardiac arrest caused by lingering effects of chemical weapons used by Iraq in the 1980-88 war.
Some officials have rejected rumors Hejazi was killed by a biological weapon, presumably by Israel. Ghaani said Palestinian missiles had not targeted infrastructural facilities during the 10-21 May Gaza-Israeli exchanges “because it will not take long for Palestinians to use these facilities.”
While Ghaani referred to support for the Palestinians once supplied by his predecessor, Qasem Soleimani, killed by a United States missile in Iraq in 2020, he said that the over 3,000 missiles fired by Hamas and Islamic Jihad were “made in Palestine.”
“The Palestinian resistance forces…fired as many missiles during only the first three days of the most recent battle with Zionists” as the total hitting Israel during the 22-day war of December 2008-January 2009, Ghaani told those at the memorial ceremony.
The Israeli regime is reportedly working on a plan to deploy 5,000 forces in the occupied territories to ramp up its crackdown on Palestinian protesters and counter possible future unrest. Israel’s Channel 12 news reported on Sunday that the plan, backed by Public Security Minister Amir Ohana, aims to deal with a potential outbreak of anti-occupation demonstrations by Palestinians, and includes enlisting about 5,000 new police officers over the course of three years, with 300 to be used as reinforcements.
The plan also includes having Israel’s Shia’s Bet spy service carry out arrests and scan social networks for suspicious activity. The Israeli-occupied territories have been the scene of protests since the regime’s deadly onslaught on Palestinians in the besiegedGaza Strip earlier in the month.
The Times of Israel, citing the public security ministry, reported that almost 2,000 Palestinian protesters and activists have been arrested since the Israeli aggression against Gaza.
The United Nations has appealed for $95 million(link is external) in urgent aid for Gaza over the next three months. Hamas’s political chief Yahya Sinwar recently said the group welcomed support(link is external) from any “international or Arab effort” to rebuild Gaza, and would not divert resources into military uses.
After the recent military confrontation, Palestinian groups in Gaza and Iranian officials have more openly admitted the degree of Iran’s support in providing arms, weapons know-how, training and cash to enable militants to fire rockets and missiles at Israel.
The Gaza war began on May 10 and lasted until May 21, when the occupying regime announced a unilateral ceasefire, which was accepted, through Egyptian mediation, by the Palestinian resistance groups in Gaza.
The war was precipitated after weeks of Israeli violence against Palestinian worshippers at al-Aqsa Mosque and the regime’s attempts to force more Palestinians out of their homes in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood to build new illegal settlements.
Throughout the 11-day encounter, Israeli airstrikes killed at least 254 Palestinians, including 66 children, wounded almost 2,000, and displaced over 72,000 people in the besieged enclave. On the other side, Palestinian rocket attacks killed 12 people in the occupied territories.
Brigadier-General Esmaeil Ghaani (Qaani), commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) extraterritorial Qods (Quds) Force, said Saturday that Israelis should prepare to move back to Europe, the United States and other places from the occupied Palestinian territories.
He suggested Palestinians should prepare for running their country. So, what do you think about Israel’s actions while ignoring the US and Iran’s threat of war on Israel?