From Lebanon to Saudi Arabia: A Turbulent Week in Middle Eastern Diplomacy

In a recent, impassioned address, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reached out to leaders in the southern regions, pledging unwavering support and resilience during these tumultuous times.

by Faruk Imamovic
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From Lebanon to Saudi Arabia: A Turbulent Week in Middle Eastern Diplomacy
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In a recent, impassioned address, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reached out to leaders in the southern regions, pledging unwavering support and resilience during these tumultuous times. "We are in the middle of a campaign," he declared. "I know you have been through terrible and difficult things.

What Hamas will go through will be difficult and terrible." He vowed that the Israeli state would spare no effort in offering support and urged unity, underscoring his message with a bold prediction: "We are going to change the Middle East."

Tensions on the Lebanon Border

Amid the rising tensions, Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) recently reported an encounter along the Lebanon border.

A number of militants, attempting to cross into Israeli territory, were neutralized. The IDF further stated that "helicopter gunships are now attacking in space," without providing more details on this latest development.

Shifts in Diplomatic Relations

In what may be a major blow to hopes of Middle East peace, Saudi Arabia has announced the cessation of all discussions about normalizing ties with Israel.

This declaration was conveyed to the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, with both the Israeli newspaper, The Jerusalem Post, and the US-published Saudi media outlet, The Saudi Post, highlighting this development.

Warnings from Egyptian Intelligence

An official from Egyptian intelligence communicated their concerns, emphasizing the potential of significant events unfolding in the region.

Their warnings were primarily focused on the West Bank. Yet, the significance of threats from Gaza seems to have been underplayed. The official stated, "Egypt cautioned about the situation's escalation, but unfortunately, these warnings were disregarded by Israel."

UN's Grave Concerns

Adding to the chorus of international concerns, the UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Palestine expressed horror at the current situation, urging a cease-fire.

This was followed by a stark statement: "The Israeli military occupation is a horrific violation of international law."

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