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Israel-Hamas Conflict: A Prelude to Larger Crisis, Warns Expert

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Ayesha Mumtaz
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Israel-Hamas Conflict: A Prelude to Larger Crisis, Warns Expert

As tensions continue to escalate between Israel and Hamas, experts warn that this conflict could be a prelude to a much larger crisis. Vali Nasr, an esteemed professor of international affairs and Middle East studies at Johns Hopkins University, in an interview with The New York Times, highlighted a common misconception that the conflict will be short-lived.

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The Underlying Threat

According to Nasr, Iran and Hezbollah are under the impression that once Israel finishes dealing with Hamas, they could be next in line. This belief stems from Iran's actions directing militias to attack Israel and U.S. bases in the Middle East, which is largely viewed as a deterrence effort against Israelis and Americans. Iran's Foreign Minister made a startling claim that while the U.S. does not wish for the war to spread, it desires the war to intensify.

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U.S. Involvement and Potential Consequences

The Iranian Foreign Minister cautioned about the potential fallout if the U.S. persists in its military, political, and financial backing of Israel, especially concerning the military attacks on Palestinian civilians. On the other hand, American intelligence assesses that Iran does not plan to broadly escalate the conflict. U.S. security elements are advocating for focused responses against Iranian militias in the Middle East.

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The Current State of Affairs

The ongoing conflict has led to massive arrests of more than 270 Palestinian citizens post the Hamas attack, raising questions about Israel's commitment to free speech and the rights of its Palestinian minority. Despite the tense situation, the ceasefire between IDF and Hamas holds, with aid continuing to reach the war-torn Gaza Strip. The current pause in fighting is seen as a testament to the power of dialogue and the potential starting point for lasting diplomatic efforts.

As the Israel-Hamas ceasefire holds, both sides are working towards releasing more individuals. The extension of the ceasefire came just as the pause was set to expire, indicating a potential prolonged peace. Nonetheless, the situation remains highly volatile, with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan increasing criticism of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu amidst ongoing objections to the Israeli incursion in the enclave.

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