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Under rare international pressure, Netanyahu stated that he would take over Gaza indefinitely – Wall Street Insights


As the humanitarian crisis continues to ferment, the differences between the Group of Seven (G7) countries, which has always boasted of being “united”, on the issue of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict are also widening. Under this rare international pressure, Netanyahu stated that he would take over Gaza indefinitely.

As of November 7, local time, the new round of Palestinian-Israeli conflict has lasted for a full month. The latest data from the health department in the Gaza Strip show that Israel’s military operations in the Gaza Strip have killed more than 10,000 Palestinian civilians, including more than 4,000 children, and injured at least 24,000 others. According to the Israeli Ministry of Health, more than 1,400 Israelis have been killed in the conflict. This conflict has caused heavy losses to both Palestine and Israel and resulted in a serious humanitarian disaster.

The United Nations, numerous other international organizations and Arab states have repeatedly called for a ceasefire to allow the delivery of food, water, medical supplies and other essential goods. But Israel shows no sign of halting its military operations and has vowed to destroy Hamas forever. On November 6, U.S. President Biden had a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. The two discussed the possibility of hostage negotiations, humanitarian assistance and a “tactical ceasefire” involved in the current Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

As the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip continues to intensify, the attitudes of Israel and the United States are causing increasing dissatisfaction in the international community. Even the Group of Seven (G7), which has always boasted of “unity,” has differences on relevant issues. Expanding day by day. Under this rare international pressure, Netanyahu said:will take over Gaza indefinitely.

“Complicit in Israel’s crimes”

According to US media reports on the 7th, as the new round of Palestinian-Israeli conflict continues for a month, Netanyahu was asked in an interview with the American Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) on the 6th what Israel would do if Hamas was successfully destroyed. What are the long-term plans for the land, hinting at the need for a long-term deployment. “I think Israel will have overall security responsibility (in Gaza) indefinitely because we have seen what happens if we don’t take responsibility,” he said. “When we don’t have this security responsibility, what we face is Hama.” Sri Lanka launched terrorist activities on a scale we cannot imagine.”

These remarks appear to contradict past statements by senior Israeli officials. The report mentioned that when Israeli Defense Minister Galante announced the launch of a large-scale ground offensive in Gaza last month, he emphasized that the Israeli army must not be responsible for “daily life in the Gaza Strip.” While the official said Israel would establish a new “security reality” in the region following the current conflict, he hinted that Israel would seek to hand over post-conflict management to third parties. The report pointed out that while Washington publicly supported Israel’s military action against Hamas, it also warned of the danger of reoccupying Gaza.

ABC said that when asked whether the Biden administration agreed or supported Netanyahu’s views, John Kirby, strategic communications coordinator of the White House National Security Council, said that the United States was working with Israel and other partners in the region to resolve the conflict. After the end of the dialogue on the governance of the Gaza Strip, no decision has been made, no solution has been reached on “who will do what and for how long.”

Netanyahu also said in the interview that he was open to a brief cease-fire to allow aid to enter the Gaza Strip while pushing for the release of those held by Hamas, but refused to hold back until all those detained were released. Comprehensive ceasefire.

According to CNN, Biden and Netanyahu had a phone call on the 6th, and the two sides discussed the possibility of a “tactical ceasefire” to provide civilians with an opportunity to safely leave areas of ongoing fighting. Biden reiterated his support for Israel. Kirby said that the United States will continue to advocate for a “temporary and partial ceasefire” in this round of conflicts, and reiterated the US government’s position that such proposals do not mean that the United States supports a “comprehensive ceasefire” and that the United States will not prevent Israel from carrying out Self-defense.

Israeli Defense Minister Galante said on the 7th that the Israeli military’s military operations against the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) will continue for some time.

According to the “Russia Today” website, Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan warned U.S. Secretary of State Blinken face-to-face on the 6th that the United States’ support for Israel and rejection of ceasefire calls not only put the entire international community into trouble, but also caused the United States to ” Reputation damaged”. Turkey also said: “You have also put your own image in trouble because you are seen as complicit in the crimes committed by Israel.”

According to Reuters, hundreds of protesters, many of whom came from the Jewish group Jewish Voice for Peace, sat in front of the Statue of Liberty in New York on the 6th local time, calling for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

“The consequences of collective political and moral failure”

As of November 7, the new round of Palestinian-Israeli conflict has caused a large number of casualties. According to the United Nations website, 62% of the population in the Gaza Strip has been displaced, and the humanitarian disaster is severe. This has become the deadliest round of Palestinian-Israeli conflict in 20 years.

“The international community has begun to realize that Netanyahu’s actions against Gaza are nothing more than a series of horrific daily massacres of civilians without any major military breakthroughs.” Qatar’s Al Jazeera website published an article on the 7th. , At present, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has entered its second month. Israel’s military attacks, especially the air strikes on the Gaza Strip, have become increasingly violent and inhumane, arousing strong dissatisfaction from the international community. UN Secretary-General António Guterres said Gaza “is becoming a cemetery for children.” He called on all parties concerned to respect international law and implement a humanitarian ceasefire immediately.

However, Guterres’s speech caused dissatisfaction in Israel. Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen accused Guterres of being “shameful” on social media. He passed the responsibility for the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip to Hamas, claiming that “Hamas Maas caused the problem in Gaza and had nothing to do with Israel’s military actions.” Israel’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Gilad Erdan, also attacked Guterres, saying he had lost his “moral compass.”

This is not the first time Guterres has been attacked and criticized by Israel for his stance on the Gaza conflict. On October 24, Israel demanded Guterres’ immediate resignation after he issued a statement saying that Hamas’s attacks did not occur out of thin air.

However, Guterres is not alone in urging a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip. On the morning of the 6th, Borrell, the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, delivered a speech at the EU Ambassadors’ Meeting, saying that the tragedy unfolding in the Middle East is “the consequence of collective political and moral failure,” for which the Palestinian and Israeli people are paying a high price. Borrell urged Israel to “not be blinded by hatred” and to exercise its right to self-defense on the premise of complying with the principles of international law. He also admitted that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has intensified people’s accusations of double standards and that the era of “Western wisdom’s superiority” is over. Borrell admitted that the EU had different responses to the Russia-Ukraine conflict and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, which led to intensified international accusations of double standards against the EU.

The European version of Politico reported on the 7th that former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak was worried that there may only be a few weeks left for the Israeli army to defeat Hamas because public opinion, especially in the United States, is changing rapidly. Turn against attacks on Gaza.

Hood Barak said it may take months or even a year to eliminate Hamas, but due to the casualties among Gaza civilians and concerns that Israel’s military operations will bring a broader and even more catastrophic war to the region, war, Western support is waning. He said: “Listen to the public tone – the private language will be clearer and clearer. We are losing public opinion in Europe and in a week or two we will lose the support of European governments. In another week, (Us) friction with the United States will surface.”

G7 differences intensify

As Barak said, at present, the international community is calling for a ceasefire and truce, and Israel and the United States are increasingly isolated in the international community. Japan’s NHK website stated that the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting opened at the Iikura Residence in Tokyo on the evening of the 7th. The meeting is expected to conduct a series of discussions and issue joint documents on the 8th. Public opinion believes that Japan, which holds the rotating presidency, will call for a temporary ceasefire between Palestine and Israel. But compared with the Russia-Ukraine conflict, it may be difficult for the G7 to achieve unity on the Palestinian-Israeli issue and agree on a joint statement. Japanese Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa told reporters earlier on the 7th that all parties are coordinating towards the release of an outcome document.

Nikay, a researcher at the French Foundation for Strategic Studies, said in an interview with AFP: “Among G7 members with the same values, it is possible to call for a humanitarian truce or issue a statement of principles, but it will definitely be general and will not have any specific meaning. A Discourse on Binding.”

According to Japanese media reports, after the first meeting of the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting began, Kamikawa said in English, “The international situation is becoming more difficult and complex, and now is the most important moment for the G7 to have close dialogue.” Kamikawa was condemning Hamas’s attack While calling for the immediate release of the hostages after the terrorist attack, it also emphasized the need to temporarily suspend military fighting for humanitarian purposes and called for the top priority to improve the serious situation in Gaza.

Regarding Japan’s attitude at the G7 foreign ministers’ meeting, the Nihon Keizai Shimbun published an article on the 7th analyzing that since Hamas attacked Israel, Japan’s dilemma in balanced diplomacy has become increasingly prominent. The Japanese government wants to remain neutral between Israel and the Palestinians. On the Palestinian-Israeli issue, Japan is easily caught between the United States, Israel’s largest supporter, and the Arab countries that support Palestine. Japan’s security cannot be separated from cooperation with its ally the United States, but maintaining good relations with Arab countries is also crucial for a stable supply of energy.

At the same time, most other G7 countries also called for a ceasefire, expressing their different positions from the United States. German Foreign Minister Berberk said in a statement on the 7th: “We will discuss how to work together to obtain a temporary humanitarian ceasefire to alleviate the suffering of the people of Gaza.” The French Foreign Ministry also reiterated that “every effort will be made to prevent regional conflicts “The necessity of establishing a political future based on the prospects of both countries was also emphasized.” According to Agence France-Presse, before the G7 foreign ministers’ meeting, some protesters held a demonstration outside the Iikura Residence, calling for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.

“The G7 countries will argue endlessly over the escalation of the situation in the Middle East.” German “Handelsblatt” pointed out on the 7th that on Tuesday, the foreign ministers of the Group of Seven countries will hold their second meeting of this year in Tokyo. The main topic will be the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, but these countries represent completely different positions.

Yang Xiyu, a researcher at the China Institute of International Studies, said in an interview with a reporter from the Global Times on the 7th that after Hamas unexpectedly attacked Israel, the G7 immediately stood by Israel. However, as the conflict continues and the humanitarian crisis escalates due to Israel’s military operations in Gaza, some members have become increasingly intolerant of Israel’s behavior, which has widened the rift between the United States and Western countries.

Source of this article: Global Times, original title: “Netanyahu stated his position under rare international pressure: he will take over Gaza indefinitely”

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