“It’s really the Achilles heel of the Israeli operation,” says Irena Kalhousová, director of the Herzl Center for Israeli Studies, regarding the number of Israeli hostages held by Hamas. According to her, there are about 240 people in the hands of terrorist organizations in Gaza, and pressure from families can be expected to increase for the country to focus on the release of these people instead of eliminating Hamas. “I don’t think Hamas will be that generous,” he says.
The numbers of dead Israeli soldiers as well as those captured by terrorists. According to the director of the Herzl Center for Israeli Studies, these are the most sensitive places in Israel in the current war with Hamas. According to Kalhousová, captives are the strongest card for terrorists, and she even thinks that the terrorist organization in Gaza did not even expect that it would try so hard to destroy Israel.
According to the expert, the outlook for resolving the conflict is not rosy, and she sees the future of the Gaza Strip in the same way. “It won’t be easy even after the war, because if the leadership doesn’t come and establish a modus vivendi with Israel, this could be just one war in a round of many wars,” Kalhousová thinks about the current situation.
Among other things, they claim that Israel’s ultimate goal is to cut itself off from Gaza and hand over administration of the territory to someone else. But it is a question of who. “Arab countries such as Egypt or Qatar would definitely have to play a very important role. And the United States of America would definitely have to participate,” says Kalhousová, according to whom the territory cannot do without a subsequent recovery plan. “And it is mainly Europeans and Americans who will pay the bill,” the expert thinks.
In the interview, Kalhousová also talks about how many Palestinians in the current situation see the creation of an independent Palestinian state as a solution to the conflict.
“Hamas was not interested in an independent state – it did not go to negotiate a change of borders, Hamas went to eliminate Israel and Israelis, and that is its goal,” says the analyst about the fact that even at pro-Palestinian demonstrations around the world slogans calling for the elimination of Israel appear. “And this is what Jews all over the world hear,” concludes the expert.
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