One wonders how long we have to wait in 2023 before a new intifada begins, orchestrated entirely by the Israeli government's dirty work.
Is there anything quite so vomit-inducing than Israel's new government with Benjamin Netanyahu at its helm? Barely days in office and he's already frothing at the mouth like a sick dog looking at its next meal, in this case the Gaza Strip. One wonders how long we have to wait in 2023 before a new intifada begins, orchestrated entirely by the Israeli government's dirty work, which in 2020, broke records with almost 1000 Palestinian homes stolen at gunpoint from humble Palestinians.
Years of neglect by the West, in particular the EU which can't even make statements condemning Israel's atrocities have culminated in human rights abominations on a scale once thought unimaginable. Also the Ukraine war. But now Netanyahu gleans in his new role as champion thief and warlord who will almost certainly reign supreme and enamour his political legacy in 2023 by bombing the Gaza strip this year. You could put money on it.
His latest announcement that his new far-right government will impose "sanctions" on senior Palestinian officials, after he slammed a UN decision to refer Israel's handiwork to the International Criminal Court as "despicable", adding that Israel is "not bound" by the UN vote.
The planned Israel sanctions are a response to the UN approval of a resolution requesting the International Court of Justice to evaluate Israel's "annexation" policies and the "legal status of the occupation."
VIP cars, which Netanyahu will ban, gives senior PA officials easy access to Israeli cities, easy passage at Israeli checkpoints, as well as travel through Ben Gurion Airport.
Wives, children and bodyguards of the PA officials, who hold the Israeli VIP cards, are able to pass through Israeli checkpoints without inspection and travel to Jerusalem through the gates of Separation Wall.
A decision on the package of sanctions against the Palestinians is expected to be taken by the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, Defence Minister, Yoav Galant, and Foreign Minister Eli Cohen in coordination with others, Israeli sources reported.
This move is an act of defiance against accountability from the UN and ICC where Western governments have failed to even bat an eyelid. For a few brief days in December, the Palestinians could dream of justice.
If the UN and ICC are serious, Israel's impunity towards its wholesale looting of Palestinian property, not to mention its brutal treatment of Palestinians themselves, could be curtailed in 2023 as international law might be catching up with the apartheid state.
On December 30th, the UN General Assembly voted to seek the opinion of the International Court of Justice on the legality of Israel's policies in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.
The Assembly voted 87-26 in favour of the move, with 53 abstentions. Western nations were divided over support for the resolution, but there was virtually unanimous support from the Islamic world, even from Arab states that have normalised relations with Israel, as well as from Russia and China.
Are we reaching a point where countries beyond what we call The West are drawing a line in the sand for Israel's government? Possibly, given that even Arab countries which signed up to the Abraham Accords backed the decision to take Israel to The Hague. Unfortunately, this unified stance against the Netanyahu government won't mean so much as its leaders immerse themselves with so much blinded dogma about Palestine and their daily genocide that it is more likely that Netanyahu will throw the lever and start a war again in Gaza just so as to throw up a dust screen for the media to miss the wholesale theft of property which surely will continue. If the UN and ICC are really serious, they will create a legal process though for Palestinians to get their land and houses back through a compensation scheme, rather than just make "tough love" statements condemning Israel. The silence from the EU, in particular the European Parliament, is deafening. How is it that since 2014 - the last time an EU official tried to introduce a labelling scheme for goods made in the occupied territories - that the EU has become mute when it comes to Israel's own war crimes against Palestinians? Did the Morocco-Qatar bribery ring also extend to white-washing Israel's human rights atrocities?