Beren wrote:You mean Netanyahu, right? Sure, it's just part of his petty political games to remain in power.
Well, honestly, what seems to be really helping him to do just that is the communal violence between Israelis themselves. I don't think he expected that to happen, and is indeed the only truly new development in this whole affair. I also think that if he truly planned something like this, it's a high risk plan since the rioting can easily backfire if the IDF needs to be deployed in Israeli cities to repress Arab and Jewish rioters alike.
This was (and still is) also a high risk venture for Hamas as well, and I doubt either had an appetite for this kind of thing. It's just part of the current status quo, with tensions being exacerbated by the consequences of the pandemic.
colliric wrote:No I'm not ignoring that, I don't think that helped. But it's not the main issue, and never was. You're making that out to be important, when it was one of those issues that simply doesn't help an already bad situation.
No, it was important since that meant extra restrictions had to be enforced on Ramadan prayers, particularly early on, to stop spreading the virus. It's no different from Haredim rioting a few months ago when Israel was in lockdown.
colliric wrote:I also suspect the successive failure to oust Netanyahu in multiple drawn elections in a short period of time, for a more moderate PM slightly more Arab friendly, probably upset the Muslim citizens significantly as well and they were probably angry with the election results being crap again.
Muslim citizens? That inability to get a stable government seems to be upsetting everyone, I agree, but it's one reason among many. Israel's economy has also been hurt by the pandemic, just as it's happened everywhere else.
Also Jews are rioting too, and that's a new development. But it's not surprising since there have been riots in several countries as a result of the pandemic-induced restrictions and corresponding recession.