Against growing international criticism but with the backing of most Israelis, Netanyahu is pushing ahead with an attack on Rafah, where half of Gaza’s population is trapped, promising never to stop until Hamas is completely destroyed. Now in its fifth month with a third of the Hamas personnel killed and circa 25,000 Palestinians, the violence on both sides continues.
Although most Israelis would not vote for Netanyahu and believe him to be motivated by personal interests( ie. avoiding jail for corruption) they regard this “as a no-choice war.” The trauma of 1200 dead on October 7 last year and the 130 hostages still held have shaken their sense of security. “This is a matter of survival. The October 7 hangover will be with Israelis for years, if not generations to come,” said Dahlia Scheindlin, a political analyst. “This is what trauma is. It crowds everything else out.”
The suffering in Gaza has barely featured in the Israeli media.
Israel’s military leaders have made clear they expect fighting to continue throughout the year.
The Hamas Attack on 7 October 2023 with its brutal, destructive Pluto square Mars flags up a ‘hot spot’ when the Progressed Moon squares the Mars exactly, moving on to oppose the Pluto. I initially had a start time of 2am for the attack which would put the flash point this July 2024 amplifying and triggering the Mars Pluto with more in August. Though I see wiki has 6.30am start which will bring the trigger earlier to April/May. And there will anyway be a shift in late April/early May when tr Uranus returns to its initial degree.
Netanyahu’s chart, 21 October 1949 10.15 am Tel Aviv, also flags up those two timelines. Through March he has tr Neptune opposition his Sun/Mars midpoint inducing a sense of panicky failure. Then a calamitous tr Uranus square his Mars/Pluto midpoint in late April/early May; and tr Uranus Mars Algol square his Mars in Leo in July. His relationship chart with Israel flags up August as high tension.
The Israel country chart, 14 May 1948 4pm Tel Aviv, looks disappointed and battered through March with tr Neptune square the Jupiter and tr Uranus square the Mars/Pluto midpoint; confused and devastated in April with tr Pluto opposition the Sun/Neptune midpoint, at crisis pitch in May when tr Uranus squares the destructive Mars/Saturn and then will conjunct the Sun at 23 Taurus. Tensions are unlikely to recede.
The one faint hope of a solution comes with the demand for Israel to release Marwan Barghouti, a man some Palestinians see as their Nelson Mandela who is a prime candidate to take over from the hopeless Mahmoud Abbas and could be a unifier between Fatah and Hamas. He has been in prison for two decades. Israelis see him as an arch-terrorist and his triumphal return would undercut Netanyahu’s long held strategy of supporting Hamas as a way of splitting the Palestinians and making a two state solution less likely.
Barghouti, a leader in the West Bank during the second Palestinian uprising in the early 2000s, is serving five life terms for his role in several deadly attacks; and is one of 9,000 security prisoners Israel holds. In recent years Barghouti has renounced violence and strongly supported a two-state solution.
His date of birth is iffy with wiki having 6 June 1959. It looks feasible with his New Moon and Mercury in Gemini being trapped by the tr Saturn in Gemini opposition Pluto of 2002 when he was captured; plus tr Neptune in Aquarius opposition his Uranus.
He has one ‘lucky break’ through late May to mid June which also shows up as a significant timeline on his relationship chart with Netanyahu as a phase of change (and disruption). So it might be possible. That influence repeats late November to mid December and spring 2025. Though on this chart he also looks at high risk and struggling through 2025.
It’s difficult (impossible) to see where this ends either on the astrology or politically. Hamas cannot be destroyed totally and the Israeli right-wingers are violently opposed to a two-state solution with a strong Palestinian leader. And so it goes on.