While the world’s eyes are focused on the Gaza Strip, underlying currents are shaping the Middle East’s regional spheres of influence and alliances. This war, imposed on Israel following the atrocities of the October 7 massacre by Hamas where a record number of 1,200 Israelis lost their lives, some 7,000 were wounded and around 240 were kidnapped into Gaza, marks a decisive moment in regional and global history. In the way that the wars in Ukraine and Syria were not limited to the delineated borders of these countries but sent ripple effects around the region and the world, so is the Gaza war shaping global alliances, and thus requires the attention of all relevant global actors, including the European Union.
This is an exclusive analysis of the Iron Swords War between Israel and Hamas, published toward the 40th day to the war. Please check the attached PDF for the full version.
This paper was submitted to members of the European Parliament.