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Israel-Gaza Conflict Needs to De-escalate

Updated: Oct 29, 2023

A major escalation has occurred with the Pentagon's revelation of airstrikes in eastern Syria that target locations used by Iran’s IRGC and its affiliates.

According to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, the United States links a string of rocket and drone attacks on American bases in Iraq and Syria to "Iranian-backed militias." These strikes were in retaliation for these attacks. The US has a "intelligence gap" since these Shia militias frequently function autonomously and there is little concrete proof of Iran's involvement.

President Biden's vocal backing for Israel's military actions in Gaza contributed to the recent attacks on US personnel in the area, which caused wounds and traumatic brain injuries. After initially asserting a connection between Iran and Hamas activities, the United States later withdrew its claims.

Even in the lack of concrete proof, the administration continued to imply Iran had some sort of role. Tensions are only made worse by this ambiguity and the poor communication.

For a long time, the Middle East has been a volatile region where any increase in tensions has the potential to destabilize the whole area. The United States has responded to these episodes by deploying more military personnel and equipment, but this hasn't done anything to defuse the tension.

Actually, it sends a message to the area that America's top concern is enabling Israel to carry out its operations in Gaza without hindrance. This strategy not only runs the risk of making the same mistakes as before, but it also introduces fresh, uniquely Israeli difficulties to the war.

At present, the only significant powers involved in military activities in the region are the US and Israel. Major Arab governments, Iran, China, and Russia are among the other powerful parties that have demanded a ceasefire. This worldwide appeal for de-escalation is a sensible strategy that might stop the war from getting out of hand.


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