- The Israeli military has blamed Hamas for rocket attacks on its territory.
- There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.
- Hamas is considered a terrorist organization by Israel, the European Union and the United States.
In response to a rocket attack on the coastal city of Ashkelon, the Israeli air force targeted Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip. Despite the Hamas-Israel agreement on the ceasefire, rocket attacks on Israel as well as Israeli airstrikes continue. The Israeli army issued a statement on Sunday announcing its air strikes on areas in the Gaza Strip.
The Israeli military said in a statement that the attacks were in response to a new rocket attack on the coastal city of Ashkelon. It is said that the building of an old factory was damaged as a result of the recent missile attack on the mentioned city. The Israeli military has blamed Hamas for rocket attacks on its territory.
This is the second time in seven days that Israel has bombed Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip. During the Israeli offensive on Sunday morning, November 22, Israeli Air Force fighter jets and helicopters reportedly targeted two missile production centers, an underground military facility, and a Hamas-affiliated naval training center.
There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The missile strikes and subsequent Israeli airstrikes on Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip come at a time when Hamas and Israel have agreed to mediate a ceasefire through Qatar. It should be noted that Hamas is considered a terrorist organization by Israel, the European Union and the United States.
Israel in relations with Arab countries
Israel’s peace agreement with the UAE and Bahrain is practically a new chapter in Israel’s relations with the Arab world. Earlier, Israel had agreed with Egypt in 1979 to normalize relations. Fifteen years later, Jordan also recognized the existence of Israel.
Recognition of the existence of Israel by the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain was opposed by several countries. The Islamic Republic and Turkey called their peace agreement with Israel a “betrayal.” The position of the Palestinian Authority is also clear on these developments.
With the defeat of Trump in the November 3 election and the re-emergence of Democrats in the White House, the situation in the region could undergo new changes. Changes whose direction is not clear at this time.
Iran’s role in the proximity of countries in the region to Israel
The “Ibrahim Peace Accord”, according to experts, is a coalition against Iran and its influence in the region, rather than pursuing the goal of de-escalating tensions in the Middle East crisis.
Iran has sought to expand its political influence by supporting Shiite forces in the region, from Yemen and Iraq to Syria and Lebanon. The same policy that has been seen by the United States and its allies in the Middle East as destabilizing actions against Iran.
The Trump administration’s announced policy of reducing its military presence in the region has also raised further concerns in the Gulf, including Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. In other words, the role of Iran’s policies in the region should not be overlooked as the Gulf states become closer to Israel.