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Haifa, Israel, from the hills, June 2010. (Photo: Ken Kurson for Arizona Globe)

First Strike in World War Three

Hamas attack on Israel may signal the beginning of the end

By Steve Kirwan, October 7, 2023 5:54 pm

Many scholars interpreted that the world war Nostradamus allegedly predicted for 2023 was the conflict between Ukraine and Russia. However, today’s attack on Israel by Hamas is far more likely to spark an actual “world war,” a possibility made even more likely by the international responses.Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist militant group deemed by the U.S. and the European Union a terrorist organization, emerged in the late 1980s as a splinter from the Muslim Brotherhood.

Funded primarily by Iran, the group became the dominant political force controlling much of the Gaza territory. Its political ambitions, defined by ongoing rocket and suicide bombings, changed in 2021 when Hamas declared a cease-fire after nearly continuous hostilities against Israel. Many saw that as an olive branch for a more rational approach to achieving their political goals.

US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House for the announcement of the first three agreements known as the ‘Abraham Accords,’ Jan. 28, 2020. (Photo: Ken Kurson for Arizona Globe)

However, today’s attack comes on the heels of what many call a surrender by the Biden administration to Iran, which included the release of billions in previously frozen funds. Biden argued in favor of the re-funding, claiming Iran pledged to use the funds only for “humanitarian” purposes. This attack clearly indicates Iran’s stance toward Biden’s apparent weakness.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced an official declaration of war, punctuated by military action. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) responded with airborne bombing raids on key Hamas strongholds and ground forces returning fire along the Gaza fence line. Initial reports indicate that Hamas fired rockets into Israeli border towns as fighters who had crossed into Israel opened fire on civilians. Initial casualty reports included over 100 Israelis killed and more than 800 injured.

Netanyahu released a video message that included, “Citizens of Israel, we are at war – not in an operation, not in rounds – at war.”

U.S. National Security Council Spokesperson Adrienne Watson expressed condemnation for the unprovoked strikes. In an official written statement released earlier today, Watson stated, “We stand firmly with the Government and people of Israel and extend our condolences for the Israeli lives lost in these attacks.” She continued, “National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan has spoken to Israeli National Security Advisor Tzachi Hanegbi and we remain in close contact with our Israeli partners.”

International leaders, including those from France, Germany, India, the UK, and the European Union, condemned the attack, supporting Israel’s right to self-defense.

Israel’s declaration of war, combined with Hamas’ escalations in civilian attacks, may indicate broader concerns over the U.S. role as a reliable peacekeeper. Biden’s projected weakness, stemming from multiple foreign policy failures including the disastrous Afghanistan withdrawal, bungling support for Ukraine, the invasion at the southern border, his unwillingness to stand up to China, and the softening of our stance against Iran, leaves a vacuum in the world power structure. Hamas’ willingness to attack sends a loud message to Israel and the world that Iran no longer fears the United States and that our deterrence capability is waning.

The next several days will prove crucial in determining whether this is but a continuation of Middle East tensions or the start of a larger conflict that could embroil the world in a new global conflict.

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