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Israel’s Moment of Reckoning

  • Published
    9th Oct, 2023


For years, Israel sought a two-state solution, but Palestinians rejected it. After a recent Hamas attack, hopes for a separate Palestinian state alongside Israel have faded.

Escalating Conflict and Immediate Responses

  • Unprecedented Violence: Over 600 deaths, 1,600 injuries, and mass rocket attacks by Hamas have led to Israel's largest single-day casualties.
  • Revenge as a Response: Israel's vow for retaliation may increase violence in the region, as revenge rarely leads to lasting solutions.
  • International Support: Western countries, especially the US, are actively re-engaging with Israel, offering military and intelligence support.

Ongoing Strategies and Regional Implications

  • Targeting Perpetrators: Israel is expected to conduct overt and covert operations against Hamas leaders, both political and military.
  • Delegitimizing Terrorism: Israel faces the challenge of delegitimizing terrorism like the international community did after 9/11.
  • Treatment of Captives: The treatment of Israeli civilians kidnapped by militants will influence the legitimacy of Hamas.

Broader Regional Dynamics and Political Implications

  • Qatar's Role: Qatar's support for Islamist groups, including Hamas, is now recognized, leading to Israel reconsidering its stance.
  • Saudi Arabia's Involvement: Greater Saudi involvement in the Palestinian issue is expected, potentially impacting regional dynamics.
  • Netanyahu's Political Future: The crisis temporarily boosts Netanyahu's position, but his handling of the situation may shape his political career.
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