Palestinian people restored 'balance of power'

Recent setbacks suffered by Israel show balance of power shifting in Palestinians' favor, prominent intellectual says

Palestinian people restored 'balance of power'

The resilience and steadfastness of the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip, West Bank and Jerusalem have restored the balance of power between Israel and the Palestinian resistance, according to Munir Shafiq, a Palestinian intellectual.

In an interview with Anadolu Agency, Shafiq described Israel’s recent botched ground operation inside the blockaded Gaza Strip as a “major victory” against the Israeli occupation. 

According to Shafiq, the operation had been aimed at capturing a Gaza-based resistance leader. 

“But it ended in a stinging defeat for Israel. I’m not exaggerating; it was a major victory for the Palestinian people and the resistance,” he said.

Last week, seven Palestinians were killed, including a senior Hamas commander, in a botched Israeli ground incursion inside the strip. 

Before the Israeli team withdrew from the territory, at least one Israeli officer had been killed by resistance fighters and another was injured. 

Over the next two days, at least 14 Palestinians were killed across the Hamas-run coastal enclave by Israeli airstrikes and artillery. 

“For the last six months, the situation in Gaza has revealed a new balance of balance of power between the two sides; it has shown the efficacy of public mobilization and mass demonstrations,” Shafiq said.  

Since late March, Palestinians in Gaza have converged along the Gaza-Israel buffer zone on an almost daily basis (but especially on Fridays) to demonstrate against Israel’s decades-long occupation.

Since the rallies began almost eight months ago, more than 200 Palestinians have been martyred -- and thousands more injured -- by Israeli troops deployed along the other side of the buffer zone. 

Protesters demand the right to return to their homes and villages in historical Palestine, from which they were driven in 1948 to make way for the new state of Israel. 

They also demand an end to Israel’s 12-year blockade of the Gaza Strip, which has gutted the coastal enclave’s economy and deprived its roughly two million inhabitants of many basic commodities. 

“The resilience of the demonstrators, coupled with Israel’s recent military and intelligence failure in Gaza, indicates Israel’s waning power of deterrence,” Shafiq said.