The mayor of Acre, a northern Israeli coastal city, warned on Sunday that Israel was “on the brink of civil war” between Arabs and Jews.
Shimon Lankri delivered the grave warning during an emergency conference of the Forum for Security, Governance and Settlement.
“A moment before we fall into a civil war, and I say this really after I was a witness to all the events of the May [2021, Operation ‘Guardian of the Walls’], the endpoint of the events of May will be the opening mark for the coming events,” Lankri stated.
“Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation,
That the name of Israel may be remembered no more.” Psalm 83:4
“Whoever hasn’t understood it yet: We are on the brink of civil war in the State of Israel, and not Haredim [ultra-Orthodox] against secular Jews, but rather Arabs against Jews. This is the next civil war. This will happen to us soon,” the mayor warned.
Israeli cities like Acre, Lod and Ramle are known as mixed cities, meaning that they have a Jewish majority but also a significantly sized Arab minority.
During Hamas’ war against Israel last May, Gaza terrorist groups fired several thousand rockets toward Israeli civilian population centers, including Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
In parallel, lethal violence between Arabs and Jews took place in several mixed cities in Israel. Radicalized Arab Israelis attacked Jewish Israelis while extremist Jewish Israelis attacked Arab Israelis. Amid rioting, Arab extremists in the Old City of Acre torched the famous Israeli Jewish Uri Buri restaurant.
While the situation in Israel’s “mixed cities” calmed down after last May’s war with Hamas, tensions between local Arabs and Jews still exist; a year-and-a-half later, many still fear the risk of a potential civil war between Israel’s Arab and Jewish citizens.
At Sunday’s conference, the Acre mayor urged the Israeli government to restore law and order, especially in the Negev and the Galilee regions, where Arab and Jewish citizens live in close proximity.
“We need to do things that we haven’t done [up ’til now]. We abandoned the area, and it’s in our hands [to do something],” Lankri said.
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