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The Unsettling Reality Behind Israel-Hamas War

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has hinted at extending “indefinite control” over security in Gaza as Israel ramps up its ground invasion into the region. It comes as the Israelis forces surrounded Gaza City and divided the northern and southern parts of the territory, marking a “significant stage” in its war with Hamas.

Little wonder the UN agency for Palestinian refugees states that Gaza is "fast becoming a hell hole," filled with murder, disease, malnutrition, thirst, and displacement, amid this flurry of American bravado and muscle. Hundreds of experts in conflict studies and international law have expressed concern that the Israeli forces may have already begun a "potential genocide" against the Gazan people.

After cutting off all gasoline, food, and water supplies to Gaza, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant finally allowed a small amount of aid to reach the border between Egypt and Gaza, demonstrating the extent of US influence over the developing humanitarian situation. He added, "The Americans insisted, and we are unable to turn them away. Their jets and military hardware are essential to us. How do we proceed? Inform them "no."

As suggested by Gallant, the US might exert pressure to force a whole different course of conduct in addition to demanding significantly greater help for Gazans. After all, there should be no conflict between denouncing Israel for its decades-long indiscriminate murdering and destruction of the Palestinian people and criticizing Hamas for its horrific carnage in the southern region of Israel.

Criticizing terrorism and preferring diplomacy to violence do not have to conflict. Actually, the Biden administration could exert pressure on Israel and Hamas to achieve an expeditious ceasefire, the complete release of all captives, and whatever humanitarian aid is currently required by using every non-military weapon at its disposal.

If only the Biden administration would concentrate on turning this most recent and increasingly dire crisis into a final turning point rather than militarizing the region even more or disputing the number of deaths in Gaza. It is time to demand above all else peace in this time of grief and wrath, when tensions are at an all-time high and history is turning around us.

Even while the US administration is unwilling to utilize its significant strength as leverage for peace, common Americans appear to be aware of this. In contrast to the days following 9/11, it appears from recent polls that the majority of Americans oppose arming Israel with more weapons and favor providing humanitarian aid to Gaza.

Furthermore, compared to merely a decade or two ago, that indicates a generational shift. Many Americans, particularly those in the Millennial and Gen Z generations, view the US military less as a defender of democracy and more as a distributor of death and disorder in the wake of this nation's tragic wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as hundreds of other military conflicts across the world.

Americans are getting an unparalleled look into the collective punishment of over two million Gazans, half of whom are under the age of 18, thanks to nearly real-time web coverage of the Israeli bombing campaign, which is happening almost every second.


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