OCCUPATION of the Palestine is growing more violent as Israel move their plan further to wipe Palestine off the map. The response of violence by Palestinians, whilst bad, is born from their rights being removed and their homes being taken from them by illegal settlements from far-right idealists. Israel then respond by sending in the military and shooting Palestinians indiscriminately, then when met with protests, open fire on them with live rounds.

Every time the west stays silent over the way Israel conduct themselves or actively support Israel, shows that they support Israel in their ideological desire to wipe Palestine off the map entirely, as is the desire of Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud Party.

Netanyahu’s plan to steal more land from Palestine

Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has said that he has been discussing potential legislation to annex the illegal settlements in West Bank with the US, however, the US have stated that Netanyahu has not made a specific annexation proposal. This would considerably harm the prospect of a two-state solution and after growing pressure from members of his far-right party, the Likud Party to press ahead with legislation to apply Israeli sovereignty to the settlements.

Benjamin Netanyahu had previously furthered the cause of wiping Palestine off the map by saying that ministers would grant formal authorisation to a rogue West Bank settlement in response to the murder of a rabbi last month.

The announcement came after Israeli soldier’s shot dead a Palestinian teenager during a raid to arrest the rabbi’s killers. The move also comes after a vow of revenge by the Israeli government. The illegal settlements tend to be home to far-right and rabid supporters of the Israeli government.

Meanwhile, after a similar visit by Netanyahu, the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas visited Russia in a bid to secure the support of Vladimir Putin over the US’s decision to officially recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Previously, the US were playing a big role in the Peace Process but since this, it is becoming more evident that Russia’s voice is becoming the most important in several Middle Eastern peace processes.

Violence begets violence

Last Monday, an Israeli settler was stabbed in the settlement of Ariel in West Bank, the man was treated at the scene but despite attempts, died.

Israel responded by sending in forces to search for the assailant. However, rather than conduct themselves fairly, they opened fire with live rounds when met with stone-throwing protestors, it was reported that one Palestinian was killed with 29 others wounded.

Further violence occurred after Israeli forces shot and killed an individual who they believed to be behind the killing of another settler on the 9th January. Palestinian Ahmad Jarrar was killed during a wide-scale military operation in the town of al-Yamoun, however, Jarrar was merely a suspect with there being no evidence to suggest that he was definitely the killer. Hundreds of Palestinians took to the street to mourn his death.

Last Monday, Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General, warned that recent developments in the Middle East could bury a two-state solution.

Guterres told a Palestinian rights committee, “Negative trends on the ground have the potential to create an irreversible one-state reality

The Middle East peace process was severely hindered after the US President, Donald Trump, officially recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, ignoring the international consensus view that the status of the Holy City would be decided in peace negotiations.