Israeli planes launched airstrikes on refugee camps in Gaza as ground operations expanded, resulting in tens of thousands of Palestinians being forced to flee their homes. Meanwhile, tensions on the northern boundary with Lebanon intensified with increased skirmishes. Amidst this chaos, Hamas, the Palestinian militant group, has demanded a permanent ceasefire before any hostage releases. On the other hand, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is determined to eradicate Hamas.
The death toll in Gaza has risen dramatically, with more than 21,600 lives lost, predominantly women and children. In a single day, attacks on urban refugee camps claimed the lives of 165 people. The situation in the region is dire, with Gazans grappling with hunger and the threat of famine. Aid convoys have also come under fire from Israeli forces.
In a controversial move, the United States has approved a $150 million sale of military equipment to Israel. Despite international criticism and calls for a halt to the conflict, Israelis continue to show support for the war, although they are also critical of government failures.
While American support may soon dwindle, Israeli leaders see no incentive to end the campaign. The Israeli military claims to be closing in on the leaders responsible for the attacks in October. However, the cost of the war has been immense, bringing devastation to Gaza while also claiming the lives of Israeli soldiers without making the country any safer.
As the conflict rages on, cracks are beginning to appear in Israeli unity. Divisions are emerging over the prioritization of hostages and Netanyahu’s push for judicial reforms. Additionally, the economy is experiencing significant setbacks, with reservists being away from their jobs and tourism being heavily affected.
Despite mounting domestic and international pressure, it remains uncertain whether it will be enough to bring an end to the relentless attacks on Gaza.