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Israel’s War on Gaza

Diplomacy, Geopolitics, and Pressure Points

Israel’s relentless bombing of Gaza has brought the Palestine question into the global consciousness. The reason for hope is the indefatigable Palestinian people and their resolve for freedom. The changing geopolitical environment of multipolarity and the possibility of independent diplomacy provide an opening.

The author is grateful for the webinars of the Transnational Institute, which helped in formulating some of the arguments.

The four-day humanitarian pause in the IsraelHamas conflict after seven weeks of Israels relentless bombing of Gaza in retribution for Hamas terroristic attack and kidnapping of Israeli civilians is a welcome step in a journey of a thousand miles. Negotiated by Qatar and Egypt, Hamas will release 50 Israeli women and children hostages in exchange for unimpeded humanitarian assistance and the release of Palestinian women and children held in Israeli jails. It gives both sides the time to reassess and even extend the pause.

This step follows a United Nations (UN) Security Council resolution calling for an extended humanitarian pause to save civilian lives and release all hostages held by Hamas (15 November 2023). Previously, two UN General Assembly resolutions had called for a humanitarian ceasefire. Israel rejects this Security Council resolution, and Israel bombings of civilian areas as Hamas engages in guerrilla war against the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) can restart if this pause is not extended. The United States (US) and its allies oppose a complete ceasefire till Hamas is decimated.

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Published On : 20th Jan, 2024

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