Israel’s worthless price tag for the Aqsa uprising

After the humiliating setback at Al-Aqsa Mosque, it was inevitable that Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would retaliate. His move has come sooner than expected with the detention of Sheikh Raed Salah, leader of the Islamic movement in Israel, along with heightened repression of Israel’s Palestinian citizens. In the political jargon of Israel, these vengeful measures are described as a price tag. Such steps have never succeeded in the past and in this instance will, ultimately, prove counterproductive.
 
Whenever national decision-making is driven by personal interests, the results are often tragic. In Israel, prime ministerial fantasies seem to be driving the political process. With the threat of imprisonment on corruption charges looming large, the embattled Netanyahu is desperate to find a formula that will ensure his political survival.
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