The British Economist magazine said that Israel’s predicament in the Gaza Strip is getting worse, as Tel Aviv faces all pressing options. Should it give priority to victory, “hostages”, or its relations with America?
It indicated that two weeks after launching its ground attack inside Gaza stripIsrael sent 4 teams, about 10,000 soldiers, to the Gaza Strip, some of which made their way into the center of Gaza City and moved from one house to another in search of more tunnels.
The only chance
The magazine quoted an Israeli officer as saying that this opportunity would be their only chance to destroy as much of the city as possible Secret tunnel network built by the Islamic Resistance Movement (agitation), which is a complex network estimated to be about 500 kilometers long, adding, “We do not know how much time we have to work and we need to make the most of it.”
She added that Western support for the Israeli attack has begun to waver, which is putting pressure on Israel to implement what it wants from its attack.
She referred to the invitation of the French President Emmanuel Macron For a ceasefire in Gaza, where he said that despite his support for Israel’s right to respond to the Hamas attack, there were children, women and the elderly who were bombed and killed.
She explained that although Israel’s closest ally, America, has not yet called for a ceasefire, the occupation army is not wasting any time. However, it has reached a point in its campaign where the contradiction between the Israeli government’s declared goals, which is the destruction of Hamas’ military infrastructure, is becoming more acute. And rescue the 239 detainees still in Gaza.
She said that the Israeli Cabinet has not yet taken a decision to storm Gaza hospitals, because it hopes to reach an agreement with Hamas regarding the release of a large number of prisoners and allowing more supplies, including fuel, to enter the Strip.
Indirect talks about any kind of agreement are still ongoing, but the final word will be that of the Hamas president in Gaza. Yahya Al-Sanwarwhich is one of Israel’s main goals.
The magazine stressed that it is unclear whether any agreement “will postpone the Israeli army’s attempt to destroy any Hamas facilities near… Al-Shifa Hospital “or below it”, as it seems unlikely that this will be abandoned.
As tense negotiations continue, Israel is trying to urge as many civilians remaining inside Gaza City, believed to number around 100,000, to leave for the south.
The Economist noted that the Israeli government’s refusal to commit to any form of Palestinian control over the Strip after the war contributes to undermining international support for its attack.
She pointed out that the administration of the US President joe biden She already made it clear that she wanted to Palestinian Authority Taking control of Gaza once the fighting is over, they are working toward such a future.
She added that the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahuwhose popular support has declined, seems more concerned about clinging to his shrinking nationalist base than preparing for the future of the Strip after the “overthrow” of Hamas’s authority.