Yahya Sinwar’s Disappointing Outcome During Ramadan

Yahya Sinwar's efforts to stoke unrest in Judea, Samaria, and among Arab communities in Israel during the month of Ramadan ended in failure. With hopes now pinned on support from Iran to bolster his rule in the Gaza Strip, Sinwar's ambitions faced a setback as Israeli security forces maintained a delicate yet firm presence around the Temple Mount, preventing any potential escalation.

Israel’s successful thwarting of Sinwar’s plans to incite unrest among Israeli Arabs and Palestinians in Judea and Samaria marks a significant security achievement.

Leveraging this success strategically could further weaken Hamas’s grip on power in Gaza.

Sinwar had anticipated using Ramadan as a catalyst for chaos, particularly through disturbances at the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

However, robust preparation and proactive measures by Israeli police and security agencies preempted his intentions.

Preventive arrests, heightened police presence, and strategic deployment of security forces led to disappointment for Sinwar, as his attempts to incite mass mobilization via social media fell short.

Additionally, the decision by Israel’s political leadership, in contrast to Minister of National Security Itamar Ben Gvir’s stance, to impose restrictions on Temple Mount access helped maintain calm.

Jordan’s vested interest in preserving stability at the Temple Mount also played a pivotal role, with the Jordanian-controlled Muslim Waqf cooperating closely with Jerusalem Police to defuse tensions throughout Ramadan.

Recognizing the Temple Mount’s significance as a potential flashpoint, Israel’s security forces demonstrated a newfound understanding of the need for sensitive management, particularly during volatile periods.

Past failures to exercise such care have led to outbreaks of violence and terrorism.

Sinwar’s miscalculation regarding Israel’s handling of the Temple Mount during Ramadan underscores a broader failure in his strategy.

While sporadic incidents occurred, the overall absence of major disturbances represents a notable achievement for Israeli security forces.

This success must translate swiftly into intensified military pressure in Gaza, aimed at securing the release of Israeli hostages and dismantling Hamas’s military leadership.

Sinwar’s tactics of deception and blackmail must be met with increased intelligence efforts to neutralize his influence.

In conclusion, Yahya Sinwar’s failed attempts to exploit Ramadan for political gain highlight the resilience of Israeli security measures and the imperative of strategic foresight in managing volatile situations.

Yoni Ben Menachem Senior Middle East Analyst

About Yoni Ben Menachem

Yoni Ben Menachem is a Middle East senior analyst ,a journalist and
the former CEO of the Israel Broadcasting Authority(IBA). He has
decades of experience in written and video journalism. Ben
Menachem’s path in the media world began as a producer for
Japanese television in the Middle East. After that, he held many key
positions in the media The Israeli: CEO of the Israel Broadcasting
Authority, director of “Kol Israel” Radio, reporter on West Bank and
Gaza Strip affairs, political reporter and commentator, commentator
on Middle East affairs and editor-in-chief and presenter of the
program “Middle East Magazine”. 

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