Tragic war between Israel and Hamas a sign of unstable times

Henry

On Saturday morning, the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, which has been in control of the Gaza Strip since 2007, launched a huge surprise attack across the border in Israel. The scale of this attack, in which hundreds of Israeli civilians were killed, is the worst in years.

The last time the Israeli army was caught off guard was in October 1973, when Egypt and Syria launched a surprise attack on Israel from two fronts. Within hours of Saturday’s attack, Israel declared war on Hamas.

However, wars almost never take place in isolation. It is shaped by global events and circumstances. Hamas is considered a terrorist group by most Western countries, has been operating largely in isolation for years and has also failed to cooperate with the Palestinian Fatah movement that controls the West Bank. Yet Hamas enjoys strong support from some Muslim countries and especially from Iran.

Hamas’s biggest supporter is the Hezbollah movement in Lebanon, an extremist Shiite Muslim group which has often launched attacks on Israel and which enjoys the full support of Iran. According to sources of the respected Wall Street Journal in the US, senior military leaders from Iran and Hezbollah were directly involved in planning Hamas’s surprise attack for weeks. This planning took place in Beirut in Lebanon. There are currently many allegations, some with more substance than others, about the possibility that Iran was involved in financing the attack and supplying weapons to Hamas.

The government of Iran’s official position is that Israel has no right to exist and that Israel as a state must be destroyed. While the relationship between Iran and the West has soured even more recently, especially due to Iran’s nuclear program, Russia and China have strengthened their ties with Iran considerably, while under the leadership of China as a mediator, the relationship between Iran and Saudi Arabia has been normalized . The recent decision that Iran can become a member of BRICS, something that was strongly pushed by China, Russia and South Africa, with opposition from India and Brazil, proves the way in which Iran, Russia and China are fighting with Western countries in forums as Brics lets it play out.

It would be wrong to view Saturday’s attack on Israel as an isolated incident, or just another episode in the decades-long struggle between Israel and the Palestinians. Saturday’s attack took place within the context of an incoherent US foreign policy with the Biden administration which lately, especially due to pressure from the left-wing power bloc within the Democratic Party in the US, has tried to do everything in its power to appease Iran and normalize America’s ties with China. Four US cabinet members have visited China in the past six months, while not a single senior Chinese government member has undertaken a trip to the US, except for attending the UN General Assembly.

Iran, Russia and China work with a deliberate strategy to weaken the West in strong coordination, divide American military capability and systematically expand the network of authoritarian, anti-Western countries. The manner in which these three countries have recently succeeded in influencing South Africa’s foreign policy is further proof of this.

The war in Ukraine has largely shifted the attention of Western countries to Eastern Europe for the past almost twenty months. NATO and its member states have already spent enormous amounts of money to support Ukraine, while military, intelligence and other resources have refocused their focus heavily on the Ukraine conflict.

Russia currently presents major challenges to Western powers such as the US and Europe on several fronts. Besides the war in Ukraine, Russia also plays a major role in the Middle East and several African countries such as Mali, Burkina Faso, Sudan and Niger. All this comes at the expense of Western interests, but also democracy and stability in these countries and regions.

Along with this, tensions between the West and China have also increased significantly in recent times. The Chinese government under the leadership of President Xi Jinping is working very strategically to systematically weaken Western interests on every continent. Threats to annex Taiwan are forcing the US to channel military and other resources into the Pacific region.

China wants to divide American attention and weaken Western countries economically before this country tries to annex Taiwan and further strengthen its global position economically, politically and militarily. To succeed in this, Xi realizes that he must divide US military attention while weakening Western influence in regions such as Africa, the Middle East and the Pacific region, while increasingly bringing a broad network of anti-Western countries under one umbrella. let unite. China’s lukewarm response to Hamas’ attack on Israel confirms that the attack further serves Chinese interests.

The reality is that the world is already experiencing a period of substantial instability, leading to more conflict, coups, conflict and even wars. Democracy is on the back foot with more countries becoming less democratic than those where democracy is being strengthened. Russia is directly involved in military coups and civil wars in Africa. China is trying to gain greater influence in many African countries through economic sabotage. Increasingly, Iran sees its only way out of economic devastation due to Western sanctions as opening up markets in Asia, China and South America by cooperating with Russia and China.

In unstable times, and especially when stable powers, in this case the West and especially the US, are weakening and lacking in leadership, groups, individuals and countries with dark motives use the opportunity to make geopolitical moves in their favor . Here it is especially Russia, China and Iran that work together to weaken the West. With leaders such as Biden in the USA, Scholz in Germany, Macron in France and Sunak in Britain, the authoritarian alliance sees a huge opportunity to expand their influence by destabilizing countries in Africa and the Middle East and further weaken American influence while the USA is forced to donate even more money to countries such as Ukraine and Israel despite its enormous internal divisions and huge national debt.

The attack on Israel and support for Hamas

Recently, a perception has been created that Israel’s relationship with other countries in the Middle East is rapidly normalizing while groups like Hamas stand no chance of challenging the powerful government and army of Israel.

Although the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are already paying a very high price for Hamas’s cowardly attack on innocent civilians in Israel on Saturday, it is clear that Hamas is not alone. This group enjoys the support of Iran, Syria and various extremist Islamic groups such as Hezbollah, as well as at least the sympathy of countries such as Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Russia, China and other Middle Eastern and North African Muslim countries.

However, what the Palestinians do not realize is that they are only part of a larger global power struggle. Hamas is a brutally oppressive, undemocratic terrorist group that has not held any democratic elections since taking control of the Gaza Strip in 2007, while women in Gaza are oppressed and young boys and men with extremist anti-Israel and anti-Western hate being indoctrinated.

The Palestinians are leaderless, divided and largely radicalized to such an extent that no solution to the tension between Israel and the Palestinians will be found without an extensive war in which thousands of people will probably die. However, Iran, Russia and China don’t really care about this. They celebrate an ally of America being attacked, while enjoying the distribution of Western attention and money while huge immigrant populations in most Western countries increasingly challenge the Western order and Western levels of civilization. Demonstrations of joy in cities such as Berlin, Rotterdam, Brussels, New York, London and Sydney over the cold-blooded slaughter of innocent citizens of Israel probably make Ebrahim Raisi of Iran, but also Putin and Xi sit back with big smiles.

It is clear that in addition to the war between Israel and Hamas, we should expect more global conflict in the coming months. Unfortunately, the geopolitical table is currently set for war rather than peace. If the West cannot get its house in order, elect better leaders, end illegal immigration and strategically weaken its enemies, we can expect more bravado from the enemies of the West. Saturday’s attack by Hamas was only a foretaste of this.