Israel Fails to Destroy Hamas in Gaza Despite Months-Long Military Campaign

Despite a 6-month military campaign, Israel has failed to destroy Hamas in Gaza, leading to thousands of deaths and famine-like conditions. The US continues to support Israel, but tensions persist as Hamas holds hostages and demands an independent Palestinian state for a ceasefire.

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Dil Bar Irshad
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Israel Fails to Destroy Hamas in Gaza Despite Months-Long Military Campaign

Israel Fails to Destroy Hamas in Gaza Despite Months-Long Military Campaign

Despite a six-month military campaign by Israel against Hamas in Gaza, US and Israeli intelligence experts believe that Israel has failed to destroy the militant group. The conflict has led to the deaths of tens of thousands and plunged at least half of the Gaza population into "famine-like conditions".

Israel has carried out near-daily air raids on Rafah, where more than half of Gaza's population of 2.3 million has sought refuge. In the latest strikes on April 25, 2024, at least five people, including two children, were killed. In central Gaza, four people were killed by Israeli tank shelling as they tried to move to northern Gaza, where Israel's military is preventing people from returning to their homes.

Why this matters: The ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict has deep and complex roots predating the establishment of Israel in 1948. The failure to resolve this long-standing issue continues to result in widespread suffering, loss of life, and regional instability, with far-reaching implications for international relations and humanitarian crises.

The US continues to support Israel with weapons, funds, and aid packages, and has vetoed or abstained from UN ceasefire resolutions. However, tensions between Israel and the US have persisted, particularly between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Biden. The US has signed a $95 billion war aid measure that includes around $9 billion in humanitarian assistance for Gaza, which experts say is on the brink of famine.

Hamas has managed to hold onto some hostages, including Hersh Goldberg-Polin, an Israeli-American man who was abducted during an attack by Hamas in October 2023. In a video released by Hamas, Goldberg-Polin accused the Israeli government of abandoning the hostages and claimed that around 70 captives have been killed in Israel's bombing campaign.

A top Hamas official has said the group is willing to agree to a long-term truce with Israel and lay down its weapons if an independent Palestinian state is established along pre-1967 borders, though Israel is unlikely to consider such a scenario. The US, Qatar, and Egypt have been trying to broker a ceasefire and hostage release, but the talks have stalled, with Hamas demanding an end to the war before releasing the remaining hostages.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected these demands and remains committed to destroying Hamas and bringing all the hostages home, despite mounting criticism within Israel. Goldberg-Polin's family and other Israelis have protested the government's handling of the hostage situation, calling for a deal to be made to secure the release of all the captives.

Key Takeaways

  • Israel's 6-month military campaign against Hamas in Gaza has failed to destroy the militant group.
  • The conflict has led to tens of thousands of deaths and famine-like conditions for half of Gaza's population.
  • The US continues to support Israel militarily and financially, despite tensions between the two countries.
  • Hamas holds several hostages, including an Israeli-American man, and demands an end to the war for their release.
  • Israel rejects Hamas' demands and remains committed to destroying the group, despite growing criticism within Israel.