Bar-Ilan’s BESA Center regularly publishes Perspectives Papers, which provide analysis from research associates and other outside experts on the most important issues pertaining to Israel and the Middle East.

The ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas sees little change as Hamas continues to reject Israel’s terms for ending the war in Gaza. The Israeli offensive in Rafah has secured ground near the Gaza-Egypt border, leading to evacuations and the discovery of numerous tunnels used for smuggling. Reports suggest Egyptian efforts to destroy these tunnels have decreased. Humanitarian supply efforts have struggled, particularly with the dismantling of a US-funded floating pier.

Hezbollah’s leader, Hassan Nasrallah, boasts of substantial military capabilities and threatens Cyprus. The exchange of fire between Israel and Hezbollah continues, with Israeli forces targeting Hezbollah installations deeper into Lebanon, while Hezbollah intensifies rocket attacks.

In Judea and Samaria, Israeli military operations face resistance, with significant casualties on both sides. Discrepancies in reported Palestinian arrests and deaths highlight ongoing tensions.

The conflict extends to exchanges between Iranian proxies and US forces in the Red Sea, though these remain limited in scale.

Overall, the situation remains complex, with no immediate resolution in sight as diplomatic and military pressures persist.


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