In early May, Israel launched “Operation Shield and Arrow” against Palestinian Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip. During the five-day operation, the latest in a series of several rounds of fighting with Gaza-based terrorist groups, nearly 1,500 rockets were fired at Israel. What are the implications of this threat for Israel’s domestic politics? Will it create more than momentary cohesion?
Ashley Perry is an adviser to the Middle East Forum’s Israel office. He served as an adviser to Israel’s foreign minister and deputy prime minister from 2009 to 2015. He is president of Reconectar, an organization dedicated to relinking the more than 200 million descendants of Spanish and Portuguese Jews to Israel and Jewish life. Originally from the United Kingdom, he moved to Israel in 2001. He holds a bachelor’s degree from University College London and a master’s degree from Reichman University (IDC Herzliya).