Renowned geopolitical analyst, Frédéric Encel, recently shed light on the escalating conflict between Israel and Hamas, forecasting its continuation in the short term due to persistent rocket fire from Hamas. Despite the grim scenario, Encel did not close the door on optimism, particularly concerning the anticipated release of hostages held by Hamas in the Gaza Strip. He emphasized the importance of maintaining communication channels even amidst intense conflicts.
Exploitation of the Middle East Conflict
Encel also took a critical stance against the exploitation of the Middle East conflict by antisemites. He compared the varying levels of outrage directed at different humanitarian crises, using the example of the Rohingya massacre, which received comparatively less attention. This seemingly selective outrage fuels the antisemitic narrative, according to Encel.
US Congress Fails to Pass Aid Package
In the United States, the Congress failed to pass a significant funding package requested by President Biden. The proposal, which included aid for Israel and Ukraine, was met with Republican opposition demanding immigration policy concessions.
Unease in France Amid Hanukkah Celebrations
Simultaneously, the Jewish community in France is commencing the celebration of Hanukkah with an air of caution. This cautionary approach comes two months after Hamas terrorist attacks in Israel coincided with a rise in antisemitic acts in France.
Israeli Forces Surround Hamas Leader's Home
On the battleground, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that Israeli forces are surrounding the home of Yahya Sinouar, the leader of Hamas in the Gaza Strip. This significant development in the ongoing conflict has drawn global attention.
UN Secretary-General Warns of Public Order Collapse
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued a stern warning of an imminent total collapse of public order in Gaza, which is under bombardment by Israel. Guterres invoked a UN Charter article to alert the Security Council to situations threatening international peace.
G7 Leaders Call for Urgent Action in Gaza
Lastly, G7 leaders called for more urgent action in response to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. They support new pauses in hostilities and reaffirmed their commitment to the creation of a Palestinian state.