In an area of the world where violence is prevalent, every government decision regarding defense is put under a microscope. Prime Minister of Israel, Binyamin Netanyahu, has named Moshe Yaalon as Israel's new Defense Minister. Yaalon is 62 years old and is part of the same political party as Binyamin - the Likud Party. He is a formal general and has publicly voiced his opinion that he is reluctant to give up the Palestinian occupied West Bank to make way for a Palestinian state. Netanyahu claims that Yaalon has much experience and that experience is needed at a time when the Middle East is "rocky."
My question is will the appointment of Yaalon as the new Defense Minister of Israel change the relationship between Israel and the Middle East, or Israel and the west (America)? Yaalon seems to be "right-wing" and very against a Palestinian state. Will his appointment make Israel safer or just cause more violence between Israel and Palestine? The violence between these two nations is both ethnically and religiously based, two topics we have discussed in class. Will this violence stay the same, increase, or decrease now that Yaalon has been appointed?
In the article, Danny Danon, an Israeli Likud party member and lawmaker, has said he will "preserve the values of the nationalist camp," referring to the illegal Israeli camps set up in the Gaza Strip. What is interesting about this statement is it was done through Facebook. It seems to me that policy makers and government leaders in Israel and Palestine use social media as a tool to announce political statements (I am judging this by the recent bombings between Israel and Palestine, and the Twitter battle between the two side). Do you think the use of social media is a good thing or bad thing, and in an effort to minimize violence and death, is is the right move? Personally, I see no problem with it, but I believe it is worth discussing.
Original Article: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/03/20133171681782237.html