December 10, 2023

The Israel-Hamas conflict that began on October 7 after a terror attack by Hamas and Israel’s vow to destroy the terror group’s infrastructure is ending its sixth week. Israel is advancing in its operations in Gaza, protecting its borders, securing the West Bank area, and intercepting rockets. Tensions in the north are rising, but it is uncertain whether an additional front will be opened. The IDF entered Shifa Hospital and discovered Hamas equipment inside, including a laptop with abducted individuals on October 7. Israel’s defense minister Yoav Gallant declared the start of the next phase of the operation, concentrating on the northern Gaza Strip. A possible deal for a cease-fire was reported, but experts warn that it could enhance Hamas’ threat if a truce is granted. Amid the conflict, Israel’s internal politics continue to play a role, but they are not the main focus. The American leadership has expressed support for Israel’s mission, but there are calls for preserving civilian lives in Gaza and a political solution under Palestinian authority control. As the conflict continues, the Biden Administration may face pressure from various sources.