The situation in the Gaza Strip continues to be desperate, while the UN Security Council has once again been deadlocked.
By Athena Papakosta
The head of Hezbollah, the head of Hamas and the head of Islamic Jihad met on Wednesday in Beirut. The Axis of Resistance for Israel’s enemies and the Axis of Evil for the rest joined forces at an undisclosed location on Wednesday as the war between Israel and Hamas rages on.
The meeting was attended by Hezbollah chief Saget Hassan Nasrallah, Hamas deputy chief Saleh al-Aruri and Islamic Jihad chief Ziad al-Nakhla. According to a statement following the meeting, the three agreed on the next steps they will take together with other Iranian-backed organizations at this “sensitive stage” in the Middle East.
As reported by Lebanese State Media as well as Media supported by Hezbollah, their goal was to achieve “a real victory for the resistance in Gaza and Palestine” and to stop “Israel’s insidious and brutal aggression against the oppressed” as emphasized, “our people in Gaza and the West Bank”.
More details were not released. However, the meeting took place as the Israel-Hamas war has entered its third week and all fronts are open either in Syria, the West Bank or southern Lebanon where the Israeli army and Hezbollah are still exchanging fire from the Hamas attack on Israel on October 7.
So far the head of the Iranian-backed Shiite group Hezbollah, Nasrallahhas not taken a public position either on the escalation on Israel’s northern border or on the attack by the Palestinian Islamist organization Hamas.
However, several top Hezbollah officials have warned Israel against its planned ground operation in the Gaza Strip.
For his part, the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu he proceeds with new statements on Wednesday night and underlines that “we are preparing for a ground operation” adding that he does not say “when, how and for how much”.
In this new position, Mr. Netanyahu once again calls on the Palestinians to leave the northern part of the Gaza Strip and move towards the south, while as he repeated the goal of his government is “to crush Hamas, politically and militarily”. and that “the return of the hostages”.
At the same time, on the other side of the Atlantic, the president of the United States, Joe Biden, is making new statements, repeating his position on “the two-state solution”.
As the American president explained, “Israel must do everything in its power to protect innocent citizens” while making a rare reference – a rebuke to “extremist” Israeli settlers in the West Bank. “I continue to be concerned about extremist settlers attacking Palestinians in the West Bank. They are attacking Palestinians in places where they have the right to be,” he said.
The situation in the Gaza Strip remains desperate while the UN Security Council has once again been deadlocked with Russia and China vetoing the US resolution calling for a ceasefire to allow access to aid and supporting the Israel’s right to self-defense.
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