The Middle East, a region full of strife, wars, coups, and conflicts, is witnessing arguably heightened tensions not seen since 1973. The Israeli-Hamas War has put the Middle East on edge and nearly went regional this past April after the shadow war between Israel and Iran almost became an open war.

Israel’s military operations in Gaza to eradicate Hamas have not only put pressure on PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s war cabinet, but also the Kingdom of Jordan and Egypt. Both Jordan and Egypt are filled with populations openly hostile to Israel, even when the governments aren’t facing immense pressure from the war.

The Palestinian cause, popular in both countries, is putting the longstanding Camp David Accords on thin ice and a potential breakdown of the US-created peace treaty could see tensions in the region explode in a way not seen since the Cold War.

Israel-Hamas War

Hamas, a global terrorist organization and elected government in the Gaza Strip, conducted a heinous pogrom On October 7th, 2023, that not only shocked Israel but the world as well. Immediately after the terrorist attack, Israel would declare war for the first time in 50 years.

The ongoing Israel-Hamas War is taking global affairs headlines as fierce fighting is displaying the brutality of urban warfare. Several hundred Israeli soldiers and several thousand Hamas combatants have been killed since October with heavy but unverified and, at times, inconsistent civilian casualties, which cannot be accurately counted until the war ends.

The Gaza Strip is one of the most densely populated areas in the world, which would make civilian casualties unavoidable—especially in urban warfare.