The extremism of the Israeli occupation is not limited to the Palestinians only. In addition to the extraordinary hatred by the Israeli settlers and the intense racism towards the Palestinians, Israeli society is witnessing extremism even among the Israeli settlers themselves. It seems that the statements of some Israeli extremists participating in the new government, such as Ben Gvir, intensified the extreme racial conflict between the Israeli right wing and the left wing.
Israeli journalists and analysts considered that the increasing extremist tendencies of the occupation soldiers to use violence, even against Israeli left-wing activists, reflect their influence on the formation of the next right-wing government.
Amos Harel, commentator of military affairs in the Israeli Haaretz newspaper, said that an Israeli soldier’s attack on an Israeli left-wing activist in Hebron two days ago came because the forces were affected by the appointment of the extremist Itamar Ben Gvir, the leader of the extremist religious “Jewish Power” movement, as Minister of “National Security” in the next Israeli occupation government headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who is designated form it.
In an analysis published by the newspaper, Harel added that the leaders of the occupation’s security services in Tel Aviv are now identifying with the era of the new extremist government, pointing out that the “body language” of the Israeli Police Inspector General, Yaakov Shabtai, when he meets extremist Ben Gvir, “indicates that things are changing quickly.”
He pointed out that the identification of Israeli occupation forces and leaders with the orientations of the next right-wing government “happened at a faster pace than expected by the media and the public,” noting that one of the soldiers who were present when the Israeli left-wing activist was attacked by a right-wong soldier threatened the left, saying, “Ben Gvir will impose order here, I am who sets the law here.”
According to Harel, there have been increased attacks by Israeli settlers against the Palestinians after the announcement of the results of the last extremist right-wing elections.
For his part, journalist Israeli Bani Rabinovich said that the behavior of the occupation forces in Hebron and their beating of Israeli left-wing activists reflects their influence by “the evil wind emanating from the next government,” warning that such phenomena will increase with the passage of time.
Today, Sunday, Rabinovich wrote on his Twitter account that the practices of these soldiers reflect the influence of Ben Gvir’s colleagues, especially Zvika Fogel, recalling that the majority of the occupation forces voted for Ben Gvir in the recent elections.
As for Eliav Lieblich, a law professor at Tel Aviv University, he pointed out that Ben Gvir was quick to announce his support for the soldiers’ attacks on his political opponents, describing him as “a minister who supports security forces’ violence against political opponents.”
Lieblich wrote on his Twitter account, addressing his speech to left-wing activists, “You will not be protected, neither in demonstrations, nor in virtual space, nor in the street. They will always justify (the attacks on you) by saying that you provoked them just because you were there. We must not live with this reality.”
As for the writer Aidan Landau, he pointed out that the transformations taking place in the occupation army, especially the growing representation of the extremist religious current in the Israeli military leadership, contributed to increasing the soldiers’ influence by the directions of the next government.
Landau wrote on his Twitter account that the commander of the Israeli “Givati” brigade, to which the soldiers who attacked left-wing activists belong, is Colonel Eliad Mowati, who belongs to the extremist religious movement, and was born and lived in the “Elkna” settlement in the West Bank. He stressed that the soldiers’ hostile attitudes also reflect their military commanders’ attitudes.