Over the past week, thousands of people in occupied Palestine protested against Benjamin Netanyahu’s regime.
Their angst was directed at both his personal corruption and his regime’s failure to deal with the coronavirus crisis.
The protestors were not Palestinians, but Jewish citizens of Israel.
This may be one reason why the corporate media, which has a default pro-Israel bias, largely ignored the protests, even though they were brutally put down.
Western corporate media has for decades painted a rosy picture of a unified, civil and “tolerant” Zionist society which supposedly represents the Jews of the world.
Even though the protests in occupied Palestine lasted several days, they received scant attention and were analyzed through a shallow transactional perspective.
While Zionist Israel’s deeply ingrained anti-Semitic and radical secular policies put a big question mark on its claim to represent Jewish people worldwide, the latest protests highlight deep divisions within the secular segment of Israeli society.
They once again point to the fact that divisions within Israel combined with regional geopolitical developments will hit the Zionist entity hard, much harder than many expect.
One of the key developments that will further exacerbate intra-Zionist tensions is the upcoming presidential selection process in the US.
Whatever the outcome, it will embolden Zionist politicians allied with one side or the other to pressure their domestic opponents.
This will further aggravate the divisions and make it more difficult to agree on how to manage Israel’s growing regional challenges.
The current Zionist leadership has allied itself too closely to Donald Trump’s camp.
If Trump loses, for the new American regime, this factor will linger on for a while.
While this may appear to be a minor glitch, once Lebanon and Syria ride out the first year of the economic war against them, Israel will have very few options in containing the resistance axis.
Israelis have invested much hope in the economic warfare on Lebanon and Syria after they failed politically and militarily in Syria.
Another key factor which will create long-term obstacles for Israel is the ability of Turkey, Iran and Russia to manage their differences in a mature and non-confrontational manner.
The Zionists have invested immense political capital to escalate Iran-Turkey differences over Syria into a regional cold war.
This has not happened. Iran and Turkey seem to concur on Israel’s highly destabilizing role in the region.
During the first Friday prayers at the re-opened Hagia Sofya mosque in Istanbul, which was led by the officialdom of the Turkish state, the centrality of liberating the occupied Al-Aqsa mosque was mentioned several times.
While outwardly it may appear that Israel has managed to come out of the war on Syria unscathed, it is a false impression.
Israel and its patrons lost the war in Syria. Soon the ramifications of this loss will begin to manifest themselves on the broader regional canvas.