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Dizdarević: Escalation of conflict encourages aggressive groups on each side

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SARAJEVO, May 15 (FENA) - There is no topic in international politics and international law in the last century that has been ridiculed to such an extent as the attitude of the international community towards the so-called Palestinian issue, Zlatko Dizdarević, former BiH ambassador to Croatia, Jordan, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, who also reported and visited the Middle East as a journalist for decades, told FENA.

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict, after years of media congestion, is once again breaking news in all media, and the most recent conflict began in East Jerusalem and spread to Gaza. Dizdarević stated that he has been especially dedicated to these events in various ways in recent days, through old papers, memories, but also contacts with friends and other people who are there.

“This new incident is, in my deep conviction, a completely consciously organized, provoked story by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. It is a provoked story that could enable him to stay in power after the chaos of holding four elections in the last two years in Israel,” stated Dizdarević.

Netanyahu, as is well known, was given the opportunity to form a government, but failed to do so. He has a complete structure behind him, which he brought in in the 15 years and which is endangered by his departure, and now, as Dizdarević added, it is about his sick ambition and trying to return to the game at any cost, and the way to do that is to radicalize the electorate.

“When you go back 15 to 20 days ago there were no signals of radicalization there, to suddenly use Ramadan and that special atmosphere and to have the police commissioner, who he appointed recently, suddenly pull off a few moves that produced the first clashes. Damascus Gate in Jerusalem has always been a place where, especially for Ramadan, after the end of fasting in the evening, hundreds of thousands of young Palestinians gathered and socialized. He suddenly set up barricades in the area without any reason, brought police officers, special forces and forbade gatherings around Damascus Gate with one grotesque explanation that it was because of the pandemic restrictions. That caused the first serious conflicts there, and in fact it is about the violence of the Israeli police against the young people who gathered there,” stated Dizdarević.

According to him, then it moved to the plateau in front of al-Aqsa, where the incident continued, and the intrusion into the mosque with the use of weapons and grenades, and in parallel with all that, an attempt to evict several Palestinian families in a neighborhood in East Jerusalem.

“All this together created an extremely tense atmosphere which was a direct provocation to Hamas and that was actually the goal. Of course, in parallel with this, there is the problem of Hamas, which is no more peaceful in all this, but Hamas is the result of the desperate situation in Gaza. For all these years, as the situation became worse and more difficult in the existential sense and with all the interventions of the Israelis in Gaza, Hamas has strengthened as a reaction to that situation, and it also has electoral ambitions,” Dizdarević added.

Now, he says, this produced a stalemate, and it has been further escalated these days and encouraged aggressive groups on each side.

“The international community does not have the will, strength, mechanisms or interest to solve this, because if they had the will, they would have solved it twenty years ago. I am very pessimistic in which direction it will go further,” said Dizdarević, noting that the situation is complex and that in that wider area it may happen that some issues that were thought to be closed are reopened.

(FENA) L. N.