The people stuck in Gaza will suffer. Israel and Hamas are using the Palestinian people as bargaining chips. Energy Minister Israel Katz said that there will be no humanitarian aid to Gaza until Hamas releases the Israeli hostages. “No electrical switch will be turned on, no water hydrant will be opened and no fuel truck will enter until the Israeli abductees are returned home,” he urged.
This is merely fighting terrorism with additional acts of terror. Israel’s allies are in full support. Yet, Russia’s attack on Ukraine’s infrastructure was considered a war crime by the international community. “Cutting off men, women and children of water, electricity and heating with winter coming – these are acts of pure terror,” EU chief Ursula von der Leyen said last October. Europe is following America’s lead and blindly pledging full support to Israel and becoming embedded in a conflict that is not their own.
Von Der Leyen visited Israel shortly after US Neocon Antony Blinken. “You may be strong enough on your own to defend yourself, but as long as America exists, you will never, ever have to. We will always be there by your side”, Blinken said at a joint press conference in Tel Aviv with Netanyahu.
This will not be a quick war. The West is now funding two major conflicts at a time when the global economy is hurting. Will Israel begin receiving blank checks like Ukraine?
Oddly enough, the man who was considered a war criminal by the international community has offered to mediate the situation. Putin said that a ground offensive in Gaza would be disastrous. “And most importantly, civilian casualties will be absolutely unacceptable. There are almost two million people living there,” Russia’s president stated. “The most important thing now is to stop the bloodshed.” We would truly be living in unprecedented times if Putin held peace talks in the Middle East. It seems clear who the real warmongers are now.
This originally appeared on Armstrong Economics.