"Flag March" — Bennett’s Monstrous Mistake
Over 2,000 Israeli occupation soldiers have been stationed in Al-Quds as settlers march; scores of Palestinians have been injured; Iron Dome batteries deployed, and fires are sparked. The "Flag March" is Bennett's first test, and he has just failed.
Naftali Bennett, a right-wing extremist, has been sworn in as Israeli Prime Minister, leading an unusual combination of parties that received 60 votes out of 59 votes.
As part of a power-sharing agreement, Bennett will be prime minister until September 2023. He will then hand power over to Yair Lapid, leader of the centrist “Yesh Atid”, for a further two years.
Bennett and "Israel's most inconsistent new government"
Bennett's administration embodies vast ideological contradictions, making it the most vulnerable Israeli government. With an odd mix of right-wing and left-wing, Naftali Bennett has his job cut out just holding together "Israel's most inconsistent administration."
Bennett's decision is poised to be his first fatal mistake, as Palestinian resistance groups have recently urged people to "resist" the march.
What is "flag march"?
The "Flag March" was set for May 10 due to the already sensitive circumstances in Al-Quds. It was, however, abruptly canceled at the last minute because the Palestinian resistance carried out its threat, firing rockets to defend Al-Aqsa and Al-Quds.
"Flag March" is an annual parade where Israeli settlers walk through the Old City of Al-Quds carrying and dancing with Israeli flags to celebrate the Israeli occupation of the Western Wall during the 1967 Six-Day War.
Palestinians are compelled to close their establishments so Israeli occupation forces can safeguard Israeli settlers, which has long been regarded provocative by international and Palestinian critics.
Palestine to resist flag march
As Palestinian resistance movements pledge to respond to "any attempts to attack Al-Aqsa" and international mediators strive to prevent a new Israeli assault on Palestinians, “Israel” has boosted its level of alert ahead of flag march.
Meanwhile, the Israeli occupation forces started attacking Tuesday afternoon Palestinians who gathered at the Damascus Gate in the Old City of Al-Quds ahead of the flag march.
"Bennett the liar"
At the provocative flag march, posters picturing incoming Prime Minister Naftali Bennett beside the words "Bennett the liar" can be seen, according to Israeli media.
Bennett's choice to lead a government that includes left-wing parties and the United Arab List party, despite pre-election vows that he would not do so, is the subject of the posters.