The ongoing IsraelHamas War and brewing regional conflict in the Middle East could have far-reaching blowback and consequences for the world. Despite the initial battle between Israelis and Palestinians being fought over land, the geopolitical quagmire quickly became embroiled in sectarianism and religious extremism.

The Islamic Republic, led by an Islamic theocratic regime, looks to exacerbate tensions into a religious conflict—which is currently a goal of the Mullahs. Wanting to spread the ‘Islamic Revolution’ to other theaters, the Mullahs look to manipulate the emotions of Muslims worldwide and inspire and coerce them into a “good versus bad” jihad.

Israel-Hamas War and Regional Escalation

On October 7, Hamas committed one of the worst terrorist actions the world has seen since the September 11 attacks. Breaching Israeli barriers and catching the Shin Bet off guard, various Hamas hit squads committed an indiscriminate slaughter, with the Israeli and foreigner death toll reaching at least 1300 as of this article.

Israeli leadership vowed a swift and robust response, and an emergency government with a formal declaration of war not seen in 50 years is currently enacted. A scorching aerial campaign has taken place with more airstrikes in one week than the US-led coalition used against ISIS at the terrorist organization’s height.

Though strikes successfully liquidate key militants, a humanitarian catastrophe is also unfolding in the Gaza Strip as two million Palestinians remain trapped. Negotiations for Egypt to allow in the refugees currently remain fluid.

Fears of escalation between Hezbollah, Assad, and the rest of the Iranian-backed Shiite militias across the country have raised concerns in DC. UD.Cer orders of POTUS, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin dispatched the Eisenhower and Ford Carrier Strike Groups to assist with deterrence, humanitarian operations, and potential combat troops to supplement Israel if the region ignites into a powder keg.

The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) conducts a replenishment-at-sea with Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS William McLean (T-AKE 12) in the Atlantic Ocean on March 29, 2016. (U.SU.S.vy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Rafael Martie)

How the Spillover is Affecting the World

Regional tensions in the Middle East have given autocrats breathing room under pressure for their aggressive posture in 2023. Vladimir Putin benefits from a distracted United States and hopes to freeze the lines of contact in Ukraine and turn the war into a frozen conflict.