Israel’s War of Provocation

by Ted Snider

“On September 28, 2000, Ariel Sharon led a group of Likud politicians, surrounded by a thousand armed police, up the Temple Mount, home of the Al-Aqsa Mosque: an unprecedented provocation at one of Islam’s holiest sites. The next day, as thousands of Palestinians protested, Israeli police opened fire on the protesters, and, the day after that, the second intifada was born. Sharon knew what he was doing, and, importantly, he knew where he was doing it. … Netanyahu knows the importance of the Al-Aqsa mosque too. … Israel chose to respond to Palestinians protesting against the illegal eviction of forty families in Sheikh Jarrah by repeatedly raiding the Al-Aqsa Mosque and by firing rubber bullets at worshippers in the mosque while assaulting them with tear gas and stun grenades: inside the mosque. The Israeli strategy of provoking a desired war is not new.” (05/28/21)