There was the march of the flags in May 2022, the events in the Sheikh Jarrar neighborhood in May 2021. The regular incursions on the Esplanade of the Mosques… Jerusalem is again becoming the crucible of tensions as Israeli politics become more radical, and that the Palestinian youth is emancipated from its political representatives.
Vincent Lemire is a historian et directs the French Research Center in Jerusalem (CRFJ). Author of several reference works on the Holy City, he has just published theHistory of Jerusalem (ed. Les Arènes) in comics. After the Israeli elections of November 1, which saw the current of religious Zionism, embodied by two parties, become the main political force in the country after Netanyahu’s Likud, the researcher returns to the central square of Jerusalem in past violence… and coming.
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Capcov: What does the victory of Benyamin Netanyahu and his far-right allies in the legislative elections of November 1 mean for Jerusalem?
Vincent Lemire : This victory is not a surprise, it is the political logic of a country that is tilting to the far right. What we are witnessing today is a very small wavelet heralding a storm. For it is the youngest voters who make up the ranks of religious Zionism. Bezalel Smotrich and Itamar Ben Gvir, the two leaders of the movement, have made Jerusalem a central issue, which is not the case with Binyamin Netanyahu’s Likud. The expropriations in the district of Sheikh Jarrar, the prayer on the Esplanade of the Mosques, the maintenance of the Jewish presence in the Old city are the central topics of an almost existential engagement of this courant radical.