Written by Konnor Long (News Writer)
For more than ten days, Israeli police forces have stationed their ground artillery at the al-Aqsa Mosque after having sent an air bombardment to Gaza. During the week the attacks took place in Gaza, 200 Palestinians, including 59 children were killed. Prior to Israel’s station at the mosque, Hamas had fired multiple rockets at Israel, with Israeli officials reporting that 12 people were killed, although it is unclear how many were Israeli citizens.
During the violence, two weeks ago Joe Biden spoke privately with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the course of six separate sessions, where he was purported to have asked how Netanyahu intends to end the immediate conflict. According to American officials working closely with Biden during this time. This tactic was intended to build social capital with Mr. Netanyahu in order to privately urge Israel to come to a peaceful resolution.
Critics of Biden’s apparent unwillingness to make a public statement pertaining to the conflict, including notable representative Ilhan Omar, condemned the president. “Push the Democratic party to vote to amend future bills so that Israel doesn’t get military aid from America,” political commentator Ian Kochinski posted online; the sentiment quickly gained popularity among left-leaning political spheres.
On the 11th day of fighting, a ceasefire was reached. Politicians around the world noted that while Israel proved its capacity to mobilize its military against Hamas and Palestinian citizens, both Hamas and Israel demonstrated their immediate goals in the conflict, and a cease-fire would become imminent.
Even though the fire has ceased, Palestinian citizens are left with a daunting task: Rebuilding the Gaza Strip after the bombardment. Palestinian officials suspect that it would cost more than 100 million dollars to rebuild the damage done to the territory, having recently adjusted it from the damage of the Gaza Strip.
Amid concerns toward the living conditions in Gaza, the ceasefire poses many questions about the future for the two groups. These underlying conditions that have lasted over a decade and a half will be responded to in time.