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Saudi is wild card (Reuters Breakingviews) – Mohammed bin Salman is the wild card in the Middle East’s new conflict. Saudi Arabia’s 38-year-old crown prince is one of a generation of Gulf state leaders who have not had to manage a full-scale conflagration involving Israel. Following the outbreak of war he must consider the kingdom’s rivalry with Iran, its role in the global oil market, overseas investment, and the views of its 32 million citizens. How he responds will have big implications for his drive to modernise the Gulf’s largest economy – and for the world.
A softening of Saudi relations with Israel may have helped spur the deadly attack by the Palestinian group Hamas earlier this month, which killed over 1,400 people in Israel. U.S. President Joe Biden had brokered talks between MbS and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to normalise relations between the two countries. The likely quid pro quo of a beefed-up security pact with the United States – and potentially a blessing for the kingdom to develop its nuclear capabilities – would have strengthened Saudi Arabia’s position relative to Iran, its main rival in the region. The attack by Iran-backed Hamas and Israel’s subsequent retaliation against Gaza, which has so far killed over 3,000 Palestinians, make that deal less likely.
Saudi’s oil power gives it an important role in what happens next. Biden, who is due to meet Netanyahu in Israel on Wednesday following a devastating Gaza hospital strike that Israeli and Palestinian forces blamed on each other, could tighten sanctions on Iran. That could limit the transit of over a million barrels of oil a day from the country, which the International Energy Agency reckons has seen monthly oil export revenues jump by 50% to $5 billion since January. Given that Saudi Arabia controls most of the world’s daily spare crude capacity – around 3 million barrels per day – MbS could open the taps to prevent oil prices spiking way above $100 a barrel.
Yet the crown prince has reasons to hold back. Pumping more crude could rile the rest of the OPEC+ club of oil producers, which includes Russia. Saudi Arabia also needs prices above $85 a barrel in order to balance its budget. And relations with Biden were strained after the U.S. president held MbS personally responsible for the 2018 killing of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi by the kingdom’s agents. Indeed, the crown prince spent the last year cutting oil output even as the U.S. lobbied him to ease prices.
Saudi Arabia also needs to consider the views of international investors, though. MbS’s Vision 2030 plan to diversify the $1.1 trillion economy away from oil requires it to lure foreign direct investment of $100 billion a year by 2030. In 2022 it attracted less than a tenth of that sum. Heightened geopolitical tensions might nix plans to sell a further $50 billion of shares in Saudi Aramco (2222.SE), the country’s oil giant. If foreign investors stayed away, as they did with the $2.2 trillion group’s initial public offering in 2019, diversification efforts would take a hit.
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Meanwhile, foreign governments need little excuse to question Saudi’s overseas investments. The spending spree by the kingdom’s Public Investment Fund, whose assets exceed $700 billion, was already facing scrutiny. A landmark deal to merge its LIV golf tour with the U.S. PGA has already been hauled before Congress and could be challenged by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. Spanish politicians are looking into the acquisition of a stake in Telefonica (TEF.MC) by STC (7010.SE), the PIF-owned Saudi telco.
For now, Saudi Arabia can count on the support of global bankers and fund managers. Executives including BlackRock’s (BLK.N) Larry Fink and JPMorgan’s (JPM.N) Jamie Dimon are scheduled to attend the Future Investment Initiative summit in Riyadh next week. However, MbS must also take account of Saudi Arabia’s population of mostly younger Arabs. Many will expect him to continue the long-held position of Saudi monarchs to support Palestine, in keeping with the state’s role as the guardian of Islam’s holiest sites. In its official statement following the Hamas attacks, Saudi Arabia called for restraint but also implied Israel was responsible for sparking them.
It’s hard to predict how MbS will choose to resolve these potentially conflicting forces. He could turn his back on Israel, or decide to get even closer to the United States. Diplomats, executives and investors don’t have much to go on. That alone makes the Middle East more uncertain. Israel’s military said on Oct. 18 that it had seen no evidence of a direct hit by aerial munitions on a hospital in the Gaza Strip the day before, where hundreds of Palestinians were killed in an explosion. Hamas, the Palestinian militant group that controls Gaza, has blamed the blast on Israel. Israel says it was a result of a failed rocket launch by Palestinian Islamic Jihad, another militant group in the enclave.
U.S. President Joe Biden is to visit Israel on Oct. 18, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced on Oct. 17 after hours of talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Following the hospital strike, Jordan cancelled a summit it was due to host in Amman with Biden and the Egyptian and Palestinian leaders to discuss Gaza. “The president will hear from Israel what it needs to defend its people as we continue to work with Congress to meet those needs,” Blinken said. Biden would also “hear from Israel how it will conduct its operations in a way that minimizes civilian casualties and enables humanitarian assistance to flow to civilians in Gaza in a way that does not benefit Hamas.”
Blinken said on Oct. 15 after visiting Jordan, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Egypt that he had encountered a “determination” to stop a spillover of the conflict between Israel and Palestinian militant group Hamas. Saudi Arabia’s foreign ministry on Oct. 7 called for “an immediate halt to the escalation between the two sides”. It also said that it “recalls its repeated warnings of the dangers of the explosion of the situation as a result of the continued occupation, the deprivation of the Palestinian people of their legitimate rights, and the repetition of systematic provocations against its sanctities”.
Top U.S. officials warned on Oct. 15 that the war between Israel and militant group Hamas could escalate, as the United States deployed a second carrier group to the eastern Mediterranean amid growing clashes on the country’s northern border with Lebanon. Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian warned on Oct. 15 that his country could act, telling Al Jazeera that it had conveyed a message to Israeli officials that “if they do not cease their atrocities in Gaza, Iran cannot simply remain an observer.” “If the scope of the war expands, significant damages will also be inflicted upon America,” he warned.
MBS, France’s President discuss need to avoid ‘repercussions’ of Gaza violence
Al Arabiya English Published: 21 October ,2023: 02:02 AM GSTUpdated: 21 October ,2023: 02:06 AM GST
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received a phone call fromthe French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday, Saudi Press Agency reported. During the call, the Crown Prince stressed the need for de-escalation of violence in Gaza in order to ensure that the violence does not expand and “avoid its dangerous repercussions on security and stability in the region and the world,” SPA added. MBS also reaffirmed the Kingdom’s rejection of targeting civilians and the importance of adhering to international humanitarian law, while reiterating that military operations against civilians and infrastructure that affects their daily lives must be stopped. The Kingdom’s Crown Prince stressed the need for stability and achieving lasting peace by reaching a “just solution to establish a Palestinian state,” the SPA statement added.
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Saudi Crown Prince urges de-escalation in Gaza in call with Canada’s PM
Al Arabiya English Published: 21 October ,2023: 01:07 AM GST Updated: 21 October ,2023: 01:48 AM GST
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received a phone call from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday, Saudi Press Agency reported. During the call, the Saudi Crown Prince stressed the need to make all possible efforts to de-escalate the situation in Gaza and ensure that the violence does not spread further. He also emphasized the need for the siege to be lifted, so medical and relief aid can be brought into the Gaza Strip as soon as possible. The Kingdom’s Crown Prince affirmed Saudi Arabia’s rejection of the forced mass displacement of Palestinians in Gaza.
Saudi Crown Prince, Japanese Prime Minister discuss Gaza crisis
Deema AlSaffar Patterson, Al Arabiya English Published: 19 October ,2023: 12:36 AM GSTUpdated: 19 October ,2023: 12:45 AM GST
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida discussed the ongoing military escalation in Gaza in a phone call on Wednesday, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
During the call, the Crown Prince emphasized the Kingdom’s strong stance against the targeting of civilians in Gaza, describing it as a heinous crime and a brutal act of aggression, SPA added. He underlined the importance of ensuring the protection of innocent civilians in the region. According to SPA, MBS also stressed the importance of enhancing efforts to halt military operations and reduce the escalation to prevent disturbing the security, peace, and stability in the region and across the world. The Saudi Crown Prince’s and Kishida’s conversation highlighted the international concern over the ongoing conflict in Gaza and the need for a collective effort to promote peace and security in the region, SPA added.
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Saudi Crown Prince, UN Sec Gen discuss de-escalation in Gaza: SPA
Al Arabiya English Published: 19 October ,2023: 11:28 PM GSTUpdated: 20 October ,2023: 12:04 AM GST
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres discussed in a phone call the military escalation in Gaza, the state news agency SPA reported on Thursday. MBS stressed the importance of de-escalation and exerting all possible efforts to prevent violence spillover in the region, SPA added. The Saudi Crown Prince also emphasized the need to create conditions for the return of stability and peace to ensure that the Palestinian people get their legitimate rights. He pointed out the importance of the role of the United Nations and its affiliated institutions in providing safe humanitarian corridors to deliver medical care, food and other necessities to civilians who are under siege in Gaza.
GCC-ASEAN summit warns of escalating violence in Gaza, condemns attacks on civilians
Ayush Narayanan, Al Arabiya English Published: 20 October ,2023: 03:19 PM GSTUpdated: 20 October ,2023: 04:28 PM GST
Leaders of GCC nations and countries in the ASEAN group voiced “grave concerns” over the escalating violence in Gaza and condemned all attacks against civilians. In a joint statement following a summit between the two blocs in Riyadh, the leaders voiced the importance of providing access to humanitarian aid and other basic necessities to the Gaza Strip, and called for the restoration of electricity, water, fuel and food to the strip.
Earlier on Friday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres visited the Rafah border crossing and said aid trucks needed to move as quickly as possible from Egypt into the besieged Palestinian enclave of Gaza to alleviate a humanitarian crisis. The Gaza-focused statement also called for the release of civilian hostages who have been held since Hamas’ surprise attack on Israel on October 7. Hamas is thought to be holding nearly 200 captive, a majority of whom are Israelis and others, tourists. The Israeli army said that most of those being held are alive.
It also highlighted the need to work toward a “peaceful resolution to the conflict with a view to realizing the two-state solution based on the pre-1967 borders in accordance with international law and the relevant UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions.” Following the deadly Hamas assault, Tel Aviv declared war and has leveled numerous city blocks through airstrikes in Gaza citing hotspots for the militant group. The Palestinian health ministry said at least 4,100 people were killed since October 7, with over 13,000 injured. Over 1,400 have been killed in Israel.
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Finally, it stated the importance supporting peace initiatives laid out by Saudi Arabia, of the European Union and the Arab League, and reviving the Middle East peace process along with the efforts of Egypt and Jordan. A flurry of world leaders visited Israel and the neighboring Gulf region, including US President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who have all called for calm while backing the far-right Israeli government’s actions.
The GCC-ASEAN Riyadh Summit, held in the Saudi capital city, saw leaders from the six Gulf Cooperation Council countries, including UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad and Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa, attend the meeting. The ASEAN group has ten members: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Senior representatives of these nations like Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin and Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, participated in the summit.
A separate joint statement discussed furthering cooperation in political and security sectors, trade and investment, agriculture and food security, energy, tourism, education, and human resources capacity building. Regular meetings will be held to build growing ties and exchange information to facilitate increased collaboration.
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Bipartisan group of US senators to Saudi Arabia as Middle East violence expands
Al Arabiya English Published: 20 October ,2023: 07:01 PM GSTUpdated: 21 October ,2023: 02:43 AM GST
A bipartisan group of US senators, including a close aide to President Joe Biden and the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, traveled to Saudi Arabia after heightened fears of violence spilling over from Gaza and Israel into the region. Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican, led the delegation, which is set to meet with Saudi officials to discuss the latest developments in the Middle East following the Oct. 7 Hamas attack on Israel.
“The United States and Saudi Arabia have a common interest in preserving the stability, security, and prosperity of the Gulf region and consult closely on a wide range of regional and global issues,” Graham’s office said. “Saudi Arabia plays an important role in working toward a peaceful and prosperous future for the region.”
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Among the lawmakers making the trip are Richard Blumenthal, Cory Booker, Katie Britt, Ben Cardin, Susan Collins, Chris Coons, Jack Reed, Dan Sullivan, and John Thune. Washington and Riyadh have been at odds over Gaza, with the latter demanding a ceasefire and an immediate halt to Israeli targeting of civilians. The US has said that Israel has the right to defend itself with the means it deems necessary. Biden administration officials placed little attention or focus on the need to protect Palestinian civilians in the aftermath of the Hamas attack.
But recently, that tone has shifted with the US calling for any Israeli response to be done in line with international humanitarian law. Graham has been a strong supporter of the Biden administration’s efforts to push for normalization of ties between Saudi Arabia and Israel. The diplomatic push appeared to be getting closer, as Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said in an interview with Fox News last month. However, the Israeli response has temporarily put a potential deal on hold. Saudi Arabia has previously called for, and continues to demand, an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, currently heading the most extreme government in Israel’s history, showed a map without Palestine during his speech at the UN General Assembly in September.
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Rishi Sunak meets Mohammed bin Salman in Saudi Arabia for crisis talks
Nick Gutteridge Thu, October 19, 2023 at 12:15 PM CDT
Rishi Sunak travelled to Saudi Arabia on Thursday for crisis talks with Mohammed bin Salman amid fears a regional war will erupt in the Middle East. The Prime Minister headed straight to Riyadh from Israel, where he met Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss the country’s response to Hamas terror. Downing Street announced the meeting with the Saudi Crown Prince, with a spokesman saying “Saudi Arabia remains an important partner” in the region. It comes after the Hamas terror attack, in which at least 1,400 Israelis were killed, derailed hopes of normalising relations between Riyadh and Tel Aviv. Saudi Arabia initially responded to the atrocity by suggesting that Israel was to blame, saying its treatment of Palestinians had led to “explosion of the situation”.
Attempt to improve US-Saudi relations
Joe Biden, the US President, has been trying to broker an improvement in relations as part of a broader plan to bolster the West’s influence in the region. Prince Mohammed said last month that the efforts were bearing fruit, with the normalisation of diplomatic ties between the nations “getting closer every day”. In late September an Israel minister made a historic visit to Saudi Arabia and in turn a Saudi delegation travelled to the Palestinian administered West Bank. The meeting between Mr Sunak and the Crown Prince came after the pair spoke on the phone on Wednesday in an effort to de-escalate regional tensions.
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Downing Street said that the Prime Minister had “welcomed Saudi Arabia’s leadership in seeking a peaceful resolution to the crisis”. “The leaders agreed on the importance of avoiding further destabilisation across the Middle East, including through Iranian proxies in the region, and committed to coordinate action to de-escalate tensions,” a spokesman said. The Prime Minister set out the UK’s support for Israel’s right to defend itself against terror and combat the threat from Hamas. “He confirmed the UK would provide further humanitarian aid for Palestinians in Gaza and continue to support the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people to statehood, alongside regional partners like Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt.”
Saudi Arabia, UAE leaders meet as Israel-Hamas war threatens to spill over
Reuters Fri, October 20, 2023 at 7:54 AM CDT·
RIYADH (Reuters) – The Saudi crown prince and president of the United Arab Emirates met on Friday, state media reported, as the two Gulf states worked to overcome their differences amid a conflict between Israel and Hamas that threatens to engulf the Middle East. Saudi state news agency SPA showed footage of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom’s de facto ruler, receiving UAE President Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan at Riyadh’s airport. Public meetings between the crown prince and Sheikh Mohammed have been rare in recent years as the close allies competed for investment and regional influence.
Sheikh Mohammed attended a summit between the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Riyadh on Friday, Saudi and UAE state media said.
GCC and ASEAN countries called for a durable ceasefire, the immediate release of civilian hostages and detainees, and a two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a joint statement, published after the summit, said. Gulf states worry Iran could be drawn into a conflict that would affect their national security and have been pressing Western allies and Israel to de-escalate tensions in Gaza and lift a siege on the strip. Last year, Prince Mohammed and Sheikh Mohammed met when Prince Mohammed visited Abu Dhabi to offer his condolences on the death of Sheikh Khalifa, the UAE’s previous president. Sheikh Mohammed also visited Jeddah last year, and the two leaders met on the sidelines of the G20 summit in November.
Saudi Arabia, Japan agree to cooperate to ease Middle East tensions
Reuters Wed, October 18, 2023 at 8:54 AM CDT
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida agreed in a call with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Wednesday to work together to improve humanitarian conditions in Gaza and help ease tensions in the Israel-Hamas conflict, the Japanese government said. “The two leaders concurred on maintaining close cooperation between the two countries and working on the improvement of the humanitarian situation and calming down the situation,” a Japanese government statement said on their phone call. Japan, this year’s chair of the Group of Seven (G7) advanced economies, on Tuesday announced its plan to extend $10 million in emergency humanitarian aid to Gaza residents. U.S. President Joe Biden arrived in Israel on Wednesday pledging solidarity in its war against Hamas and saying that a blast that killed huge numbers of Palestinians at a Gaza hospital appeared to have been caused not by Israel but by its foes.
South Korea’s Yoon to visit Saudi, Qatar to talk Israel conflict, business
Jack Kim Updated Thu, October 19, 2023 at 4:31 AM CDT
SEOUL (Reuters) –South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol will make state visits to Saudi Arabia and Qatar on Oct. 21-26 and discuss business cooperation as well as security conditions linked to the Israel-Palestinian conflict, his office said on Thursday. South Korea has serious concerns over the sharp increase in civilian casualties from the conflict and will provide aid on purely humanitarian grounds, Yoon’s deputy national security adviser Kim Tae-hyo told a briefing.
Yoon will also discuss cooperation with Saudi Arabia and Qatar focused on bringing peace to the region and boosting South Korea’s national security, Kim said. After arriving in Riyadh on Saturday on what would be the first state visit by a South Korean leader, Yoon will hold talks with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Sunday and attend a luncheon, Kim said. The meeting comes less than a year after the crown prince visited South Korea and discussed cooperation in the areas of energy, defence and infrastructure construction, signing investment pacts worth $30 billion with Korean firms.
South Korea is locked in a competition with Saudi Arabia to host the World Expo in 2030 but its conglomerates are vying to participate in mega projects such as the NEOM smart city in Saudi Arabia as well as to win defence contracts. Yoon will attend events on bilateral investment and partnership on future technology that will highlight the growing significance of the two countries’ economic relationship. On Tuesday, he will address the Future Investment Initiative forum. A delegation of business leaders will accompany Yoon on his Saudi trip, including Samsung Electronics Executive Chairman Jay Y. Lee, Hyundai Motor Group Executive Chair E.S. Chung and the heads of Hanwha, GS, and HD Hyundai conglomerates, Yoon’s office said.
World leaders seek to contain Israel-Hamas war, protect civilians
Célia LEBUR Mon, October 16, 2023 at 5:29
As Israel prepares for a ground offensive into the Gaza Strip, the international community has mobilised to try to protect civilians and prevent the conflict spreading across the region. But Israel’s avowed determination to crush Hamas, the group behind the October 7 attack on Israel, are hampering mediation efforts. So too are clashes along Israel’s northern border with Lebanon.
– A multitude of players –
Among the most active international players is the United States, whose Secretary of State Antony Blinken started a tour of six Arab countries on Friday, visiting Jordan, Qatar, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Washington, like its European allies, is concerned to avoid the opening of a second front with the Iran-backed Hezbollah militia in Lebanon. But they have been clear in their support for Israel’s right to defend itself. Egypt, Qatar and Turkey are also trying to contain the crisis. All have good relations with Israel and experts think they will have some influence over Hamas. China and Russia have been more critical of Israel’s response to the attack. But they might have some influence over Iran, Israel’s sworn enemy, to prevent the conflict spreading.
Tehran has long supported Hezbollah and Hamas.
But there are numerous diplomatic fault-lines, as became clear at Friday’s United Nations Security Council meeting, where Russia blamed the United States for the situation in Gaza. European Council president Charles Michel has called a video-summit of European Union leaders for Tuesday to seek a joint position on the war. Rym Momtaz, at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), says we should not expect much. “Expectations are low for what they can concretely achieve,” she wrote in an online analysis. “In recent years, the eruption of Israeli-Palestinian conflicts has sidelined European diplomacy more than it has for the Americans, Egyptians, Qataris and Turks.” The EU’s 27 leaders on Sunday acknowledged Israel’s right to defend itself in the face of Hamas’s attacks but also underlined the importance of protecting all civilians at all times, in compliance with international law.
– Preventing second front –
There are calls for Lebanon, which has already suffered from past wars with Israel, to stay out of the conflict. “The situation is extremely dangerous,” said a French diplomatic source, of the rise in clashes between Hezbollah and the Israeli army. Paris, like Washington, has called for restraint from Hezbollah and Iran, with President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday warning Tehran “against any escalation or extension of the conflict”. UNIFIL, the UN peacekeeping force deployed in a buffer zone between northern Israel and southern Lebanon, on Sunday “reported intense exchanges of fire” along the Blue Line between Lebanese territory and Israel.
Iran’s foreign minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, warned on Sunday that no-one could guarantee control of the situation if Israel launched a ground offensive in the Gaza Strip. “Yes, there is a risk that things will get out of control,” said Hasni Abidi, director of the Geneva-based Center for Arab and Mediterranean Studies and Research, even if a flare-up along the Blue Line was not in Lebanon’s interest, given the major domestic problems with which it is already grappling.
– Protecting Gaza’s civilians –
From Pope Francis to international aid agencies and several European countries, there have been growing calls for the opening of humanitarian corridors in and out of Gaza. Aid for civilians in Gaza is blocked in the Egyptian Sinai, currently the only border crossing with the Gaza Strip. Egypt has been particularly involved in this issue, fearing a humanitarian crisis that would oblige it to take in hundreds of thousands of refugees from Gaza. Cairo, historically a key intermediary between Israel and Hamas, faces growing pressure to allow foreigners trapped in Gaza to enter Egypt. It has set conditions, including clearance to send aid into Gaza through the Rafah border crossing that it controls, according to well-placed sources.
Brazil, which holds the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council, has appealed to Israel to establish a humanitarian corridor so people in Gaza can flee to Egypt. “Children must never be held hostage, anywhere in the world,” Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said, urging Hamas to free Israeli children taken hostage. “Israel needs to stop its bombing so Palestinian children and their mothers can leave the Gaza strip via the Egyptian border,” he said on X, formerly Twitter. Israel cut off fuel, electricity and water to Gaza but has since said it is renewing water supplies to the southern part of the enclave.
– Release of hostages –
Several initiatives, notably by Turkey, Egypt and Qatar, are underway to secure the release of Hamas hostages trapped in the Gaza Strip, alongside hundreds of thousands of Palestinians. An official Turkish said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched talks with Hamas after it threatened to kill them. Ankara deems Israel’s call for the civilians to immediately evacuate Gaza City is “unacceptable”, the source added.
Qatar, which has negotiated past hostage releases, has also started discussions with Hamas. Russia’s Middle East envoy Mikhail Bogdanov is expected in Qatar in the coming week. “Qatar can pressure the members of the Hamas political bureau, but they are looked down upon by Gaza-based leaders because they live a luxurious lifestyle in Qatar,” said Michael Horowitz, geopolitical analyst for consultancy Le Beck International. “Egypt has always played a key role and I think may be in a better position to pressure both sides.”
– Unlikely ceasefire –
Several resolutions are under consideration before the UN Security Council, including a Russian one calling for a “humanitarian ceasefire”. China’s Middle East envoy will travel to the Middle East next week to promote a “ceasefire” as well as “peace talks”. But the chances of success are almost zero at present, according to Horowitz. “It is far too early to talk about a ceasefire and I doubt Israel will listen to anyone who even mentions the need for a ceasefire,” he said. “The country is in the same state of shock and anger the US was after 9/11,” he said. Denis Bauchard of the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI) agreed. Before any mediation can happen, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will want, “for domestic political reasons, to appear as the strong man” who will win the war, he said.
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1 Thessalonians 5:9. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
Romans 8:35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Jeremiah 30:7. Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.
Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
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