September will probably bring the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to center stage yet again as the Palestinian Authority intends to declare statehood and obtain recognition from the UN. A lot of countries have reportedly said that they will recognize Palestine. According to center-left Israeli paper Haaretz, Israel is preparing for unrest in the West Bank, and two officers say that they simply won’t be able to deal with big nonviolent protests:
“A non-violent protest of 4,000 people or more, even if they only march to a checkpoint or a settlement, and especially if the Palestinian police does not deter them, will be unstoppable,” one IDF officer claims. “Such a great number of determined people cannot be stopped by tear gas and rubber bullets.”
Another high ranking IDF official serving in the territories claimed that “if we are to face protests similar to those in Egypt or Tunisia, we will not be able to do a thing.”
I posted about Palestinian nonviolence here, and Kevin and I are discussing it in the comments.
Hat tip: Sojourners’ God’s Politics blog (I used to like Sojourners more than I do now. I just still get the weekly e-mails.)