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The Gaza Battle of 2021

The Islamic Republic’s Proxy War Against Israel

Last year’s conflict between Hamas and Israel generated headlines around the world – most of which ignored critical components of the history, funding, and political dynamics at play. Gaza Conflict 2021: Hamas, Israel and Eleven Days of War, the first book published on the May confrontation, provides crucial context and overlooked details of this war. The Islamic Republic of Iran provides Hamas with financial assistance, as well as training and weapons, and regards Gaza as part of its expanding empire. Given Iran’s significant influence on this territory, more intense violence in the Gaza strip is a foregone conclusion. Thereby, Gaza has become ground zero in a struggle for the future stability of the Middle East. Amidst the ongoing nuclear negotiations in Vienna, it is important to examine that nuclear diplomacy will yield Tehran massive sanctions relief, only furthering its funding of terrorism in Gaza and for its proxies across the Middle East. What role would Iran play in any future conflict? Who are the other patrons of Hamas? Why did Hamas ignite a fourth armed conflict against Israel last year? What did the media get right at the time —and what was missed?

To discuss these critical questions and more, FDD hosts a conversation with Jonathan Schanzer, FDD Senior Vice President for Research moderated by CBS News Senior Investigative Correspondent Catherine Herridge. FDD Founder and President Clifford D. May provides introductory remarks.