In the past week, the hostilities between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas continued to escalate. The two sides aired each other for several days. Hamas fired more than 200 rockets to Tel Aviv, Israel’s largest city, destroying an oil pipeline. De entered a state of emergency.
After the continuous exchange of fire for many days, Israel carried out multiple rounds of punitive air strikes, destroying more than 150 Hamas targets and a 14-story military building, and on the 15th, the Associated Press in the Gaza Strip and Al Jazeera TV stations in the Gaza Strip were located. The building was razed to the ground. On the seventh day of Israeli military operations in the Gaza Strip, at least 148 Palestinians were killed, including 41 children, more than 530 were injured, and at least 10 Israelis were killed.
This is the most serious conflict between Israel and Palestine since 2014. Tensions have intensified. Israel has assembled 9,000 soldiers to prepare for a ground attack on the Gaza Strip. An all-out war between the two sides is looming.
The United Nations warned that the ever-increasing violent conflict is escalating into a full-scale war. The United Nations Security Council held two emergency meetings on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in three days. However, due to the opposition of the United States, the meeting last Friday failed. China hosted the Security Council on the 16th. There is a public debate on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but it is doubtful whether all parties can make a concerted voice.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not just a historical grievance between Jews and Palestinians. It is also mixed with religious, nationalist, ethnic, and geopolitical factors, and diplomatic efforts cannot be expected to be effective.
After Israel was founded in 1948 and the Palestinians were forced to emigrate, conflicts between Israel and Palestine broke out from time to time for decades. The Jewish settlers tried to take over the houses of the Palestinians for many years, adding new hatred to the old hatred between Israel and Palestine.
Al-Aqsa Mosque (al-Aqsa Mosque) in East Jerusalem is the third holiest place in Islam and the second holy temple of Israel’s Judaism. Weeks of street clashes became the fuse of this conflict. The violence occurred at the time when Palestinian Muslims were celebrating the Islamic fasting month, which brought together several pressure points in the turbulent Israeli-Palestinian relationship and quickly detonated.
Since April this year, Israel has restricted Palestinians’ access to parts of Jerusalem and tried to drive some Palestinians out of their homes. The Palestinians believed that Jewish settlers did so to drive them out of Jerusalem. This became a rapid escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Another reason.
Israel annexed East Jerusalem after occupying East Jerusalem during the “Six-Day War” in 1967, and unilaterally declared the entire Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and Palestine wanted to establish a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital. Since then, the contradictions between the two sides have deepened.
The normalization of relations between Sudan, Morocco, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain last year with Israel further weakened the Palestinian state-building plan. However, as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict re-emerged and intensified, the four Arab countries that normalized relations with Israel also voiced their condemnation of Israel’s deadly actions. .
The dissatisfaction of the Arabs in Israel with the Israelis in recent years has also caused trouble in the settlements recently, which has contributed to the scale of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The rift between Arabs and Jews has made the conflict between Israel and Palestine no sign of relief. The Israeli army’s continued bombardment of the Gaza Strip on Eid al-Fitr also offended Muslims to celebrate this holy day.
Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel and the leader of the right-wing Likud party, was unable to form a cabinet again in the recent elections. Netanyahu escalated the situation against the Palestinians and launched a war against the Gaza Strip in an attempt to divert suspected corruption and fraud against him. He will also be able to use this period of time to hold the fifth election, and reduce the impact of the formation of a government crisis on his political future. Israel has held four parliamentary elections in two years.
However, under the watchful eye of Islamic countries and global public opinion, Netanyahu’s military operations in the Gaza Strip took greater risks than Hamas, and the military operations could not avoid harming local civilians; Hamas took advantage of this conflict. Opportunity to portray oneself as the protector of not only Palestinians but also Israeli Arabs.
Under the influence of old hatreds and new hatreds, as well as the domestic political crisis in Israel, it is impossible for Israelis and Palestinians to resolve conflicts on the basis of relevant UN resolutions, international laws, and bilateral agreements, and it is also difficult for the international community to propose a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. . The current political situation in Israel is chaotic, and neither Israel nor Palestine intends to a cease-fire, nor does it intend to maintain calm and restraint. The situation is just like Myanmar; Myanmar is currently experiencing an escalating civil war crisis, while the current situation between Israel and Palestine may lead to full-scale war.