Conflicto palestino-israelí

Over the past 30 years I have worked in war zones around the world as a surgeon treating casualties resulting from conflict, including in Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan and Iraq. War wounds, the effects of fragments from blast injuries and gunshot wounds require a special set of skills to manage.

At times there are mass casualties, and some of the patients I have seen over more than 30 war missions had overwhelming injuries that even the best units in the world would struggle to treat. The majority of injuries, though, could be dealt with using the resources at hand. Most patients at least had a good chance of arriving at a hospital within a timeframe that allowed them to have the best surgical decision-making.…  Seguir leyendo »

An Israeli anti-missile system operating after Iran launched drones and missiles, seen from Ashkelon, Israel, April 2024. Majid Asgaripour / West Asia News Agency / Reuters

On April 13, Iran launched Operation True Promise, its response to Israel’s April 1 attack on its consulate in Syria. Over the course of less than 24 hours, Tehran fired a combination of more than 300 hundred drones and missiles at Israeli military facilities. Senior commanders hailed the attack—which involved the first-ever direct strikes launched against Israel from Iranian territory—as successful in sending a message, even though Israel and its allies successfully downed nearly all the incoming fire.

Policymakers and pundits have known for days that the Islamic Republic would retaliate for Israel’s strike in Damascus, which killed several senior Iranian commanders and personnel.…  Seguir leyendo »

Iraníes celebran en las calles de Teherán el ataque contra Israel, en la noche del sábado. Reuters

El ataque iraní a Israel ha empezado. Y no se trata únicamente de la respuesta a la muerte de sus generales en el bombardeo israelí sobre Damasco. Al contrario, acaba de estallar un conflicto regional que durará varias semanas y que consistirá en un intercambio de salvas de misiles, drones y cohetes de artillería destinados a golpear el corazón de la economía, la industria y los activos militares del adversario.

Los objetivos prioritarios de Irán serán las fábricas que ensamblan el sistema Cúpula de Hierro y sus misiles; los vitales puertos de Haifa y Eilat, que dan acceso al mar Rojo y al mar Mediterráneo respectivamente, así como determinadas instalaciones militares consistentes en bases (especialmente aéreas y navales); centros de mando y centros productivos y, por último, la central nuclear del Néguev o las infraestructuras eléctricas e hidrológicas del mar de Galilea.…  Seguir leyendo »

Israel’s Security Depends on Rafah

Unfortunately, Benjamin Netanyahu is right — “unfortunately”, I say, because he is the most incompetent, corrupt and divisive Israeli prime minister ever, as many in Israel believe. But he is right that it’s crucial for Israel to conquer Rafah and destroy the Hamas battalions ensconced in that city at the southern end of the Gaza Strip, protected by a human shield of some 1.4 million residents and refugees from the north.

If this does not happen, Hamas will survive to fight and murder and rape another day — and its leader, Yahya Sinwar, will emerge from his hiding place declaring victory.…  Seguir leyendo »

Israeli soldiers patrolling near the border with Gaza, April 2024. Amir Cohen / Reuters

The war Israel launched on Hamas after the group’s horrific October 7 attacks is a righteous mission. Hamas fighters massacred hundreds of innocent people, deliberately killed children and the elderly, and raped and mutilated women. They abducted hundreds of civilians—including women, infants, and octogenarians—and held them captive in dismal conditions, subject to abuse and starvation. Their actions contravened any sense of law and humanitarian principles. The slaughterers, still spattered with blood, made gleeful boasts about their atrocities that were broadcast in horrific videos and quoted in news articles. In response, Israel has waged a just war of self-defense.

But Israelis are not the only ones suffering.…  Seguir leyendo »

Persona sosteniendo la bandera palestina en la calle. Foto: Delia Giandeini (@dels)

La “Guerra del 7 de octubre” constituye un punto de inflexión estratégico en las relaciones entre Israel y Palestina, así como en las alianzas regionales e internacionales de Israel. La noción preconizada por el gobierno israelí de que se había logrado controlar y disuadir a Hamás y de que Israel podría integrarse en la región de Oriente Medio sin abordar la cuestión palestina –una idea convenientemente aceptada por los dirigentes occidentales– se vino abajo ese día. En medio de tanto derramamiento de sangre y habida cuenta de la magnitud de la destrucción, se está volviendo a hablar de la necesidad de optar por la solución de los dos Estados.…  Seguir leyendo »

Humanitarian aid parcels attached to parachutes are airdropped from a military aircraft over the Gaza Strip on March 25. (AFP/Getty Images)

The war in Gaza and the catastrophic humanitarian suffering it is causing must end now. Violence, terror and war cannot bring peace to the Middle East. The two-state solution will. It is the only credible path to guaranteeing peace and security for all, and ensuring that neither the Palestinians nor the Israelis ever have to relive the horrors that have befallen them since the Oct. 7 attack.

On March 25, the U.N. Security Council finally assumed its responsibility by demanding an immediate cease-fire in Gaza. This is a critical step that must be fully implemented without further delay.

In light of the intolerable human toll of the war, we, the leaders of Egypt, France and Jordan, call for the immediate and unconditional implementation of U.N.…  Seguir leyendo »

Palestinians view the damage at al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City on April 1. (Dawoud Abu Alkas/Reuters)

How does it feel to be a war-crimes reporter whose family bankrolled a nation that’s committing war crimes?

I can tell you.

I covered the genocide in Bosnia for The Post, wrote a book about it, and reported from Iraq and Afghanistan, among other conflict-ridden countries. Also, my ancestors were key funders of Jewish immigration to British-controlled Palestine. The Warburgs and Schiffs donated millions of dollars to that cause, and during the war between Jews and Arabs that started in 1948, they helped raise vast sums for the new state of Israel. When Golda Meir made an emergency fundraising visit to the United States, one of the philanthropists she met with was an uncle of mine who led the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.…  Seguir leyendo »

A man looks at the destruction in a ravaged neighborhood in the Gaza Strip Jabalya Refugee Camp on October 11. Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images

Almost exactly six months ago, Israelis awoke to a nightmare. Civilians in the southern part of the country, areas near the border with Gaza, were under a brutal, ongoing attack. It would become the deadliest day for the Jewish people since the Holocaust and a prelude to unspeakable suffering on both sides of the border.

Six months after Hamas launched that deadly rampage, knowing that Israel’s response would be ferocious, there are only losers in this terrible war.

It’s hard now to find many winners with the death toll mounting among Gazans and hunger growing in the strip. And with Israeli hostages still held captive, perhaps in dank Hamas tunnels.…  Seguir leyendo »

Ni un solo Estado árabe apoya a Hamás. De hecho, los Estados árabes están del lado de Israel, esperando exterminar este movimiento terrorista de una vez por todas. Hamás no es un partido político, sino una secta fundamentalista cuya ambición es restablecer el califato islámico tal y como debió de existir en tiempos del profeta Mahoma. Hamás no representa en ningún caso a los palestinos, ni prevé la creación de una Palestina musulmana. Basta con remitirse a su Carta Fundacional, que está a disposición de todo el mundo. ¿Alguien la ha leído? Esta carta prevé la desaparición de Israel, pero también la eliminación de todos los regímenes clericales o laicos de la región a la espera de la restauración del Califato.…  Seguir leyendo »

An anti-Israeli protest in Tehran, April 2024. Majid Asgaripour / Reuters

The Israel-Hamas war—and the possibility that it may explode into a wider conflagration—has upended the determined efforts of three U.S. presidents to pivot American resources and focus away from the Middle East. Immediately after Hamas’s October 7 attack, U.S. President Joe Biden moved quickly to support Israel, a critical American ally, and deter the expansion of hostilities. But as of this writing, the conflict has become a hellish impasse. The security imperatives driving the war command wide support among the Israeli public, yet months of intense Israeli operations have failed to eliminate Hamas, killed tens of thousands of Palestinian civilians, and precipitated a humanitarian catastrophe in the Gaza Strip.…  Seguir leyendo »

What Netanyahu Must Do to Bring Home the Hostages

If the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, were serious about securing the release of all the hostages in Gaza, they would have been home long ago.

From his first official statements after Oct. 7, Mr. Netanyahu has placed a higher priority on destroying Hamas than on ensuring the hostages’ safety. It took weeks before the Israeli negotiating team adequately addressed the hostage situation. Mr. Netanyahu appointed a political ally, whose previous nomination for national police chief had been scuttled by controversy, to the position of coordinator for the captives and the missing.

Hamas initially set strict terms for a hostage exchange: the release of all Palestinian prisoners, about 8,000 people, which at that time included 559 serving life sentences for killing Israelis.…  Seguir leyendo »

El Derecho Internacional Público, tal como lo entendemos hoy, es primero y principalmente obra de Estados Unidos. A la visión americana debemos el impulso, diseño y construcción del Orden Liberal Internacional basado en normas e instituciones, corazón del multilateralismo (y de las relaciones globales en general) desde el final de la Segunda Guerra Mundial. En estos tres cuartos de siglo de andadura, menudearon polémicas y dificultades que, sin embargo, no alcanzaron -en ningún caso- la puesta en duda esencial del sistema. Hasta hoy. Hoy, se extiende la percepción de su fragilización por asaltos frontales y socavación de cimientos. Esta es la perspectiva que informa las últimas actuaciones que EEUU ha protagonizado en el Consejo de Seguridad de Naciones Unidas (CSNU), en la grave situación en Gaza.…  Seguir leyendo »

For a few months now, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly invoked the name of the Gaza Strip’s southernmost city: Rafah. His government has relentlessly threatened Hamas—and promised its own public—that it will soon send ground troops into the only part of Gaza that Israel has yet to invade. Netanyahu dangles the threat in almost every meeting and press conference, without mentioning that the manpower and logistics required to both recruit the required IDF troops and evacuate the civilian population would take weeks to organize. That process has yet to begin.

But another battle is well under way. The U.S.…  Seguir leyendo »

Dejen que la gente coma

En las peores condiciones imaginables —tras huracanes, terremotos, bombas y disparos— aparece lo mejor de la humanidad. No una vez, ni dos, sino siempre.

Las siete personas asesinadas en una misión de World Central Kitchen en Gaza el lunes eran lo mejor de la humanidad. No son anónimos: tienen rostro y nombre. No son trabajadores humanitarios genéricos ni daño colateral de la guerra.

Saifeddin Issam Ayad Abutaha, John Chapman, Jacob Flickinger, Zomi Frankcom, James Henderson, James Kirby y Damian Sobol arriesgaron todo en favor de la actividad más fundamentalmente humana: compartir nuestro alimento con los demás.

Junto a ellos serví en Ucrania, Turquía, Marruecos, las Bahamas, Indonesia, México, Gaza e Israel.…  Seguir leyendo »

El paradójico ataque contra el consulado iraní

El pasado 1 de abril, el jefe de operaciones de la Fuerza Quds en Siria y Líbano era asesinado desde el aire junto con otros siete Guardianes de la Revolución. Aunque todas las miradas se centraron en Tel Aviv, nadie parece haber reconocido ni probado la autoría de la acción. Todo lo que ha rodeado a esta operación -un ataque aéreo a la embajada de Irán en Damasco- es absolutamente paradójico, y las promesas de venganza que podría tomar el régimen iraní contra Israel, al que considera responsable del ataque, también.

La primera de las paradojas que rodean a esta acción en particular, y a la conflictiva relación Irán e Israel en general, es que a ninguno de los dos les interesa un enfrentamiento abierto.…  Seguir leyendo »

El fracaso moral del mundo en Gaza

El implacable sitio de Gaza arroja una pesada sombra sobre la humanidad. La cantidad de palestinos muertos, lesionados o desaparecidos en los últimos seis meses supera con creces las 100 000 personas, en su inmensa mayoría civiles inocentes sin ninguna responsabilidad por el pavoroso ataque cometido por Hamás el 7 de octubre de 2023.

El Consejo de Seguridad de Naciones Unidas ha aprobado por fin una resolución que exige un alto el fuego inmediato y la liberación inmediata de los rehenes de Hamás. Ahora es necesario que todos los estados miembros de la ONU (y en particular los aliados políticos y militares de Israel) hagan todo lo que esté a su alcance para asegurar la plena implementación de la resolución en el menor tiempo posible.…  Seguir leyendo »

Israeli soldiers in Gaza, February 2024. Israel Defense Forces / Reuters

Six months after Hamas’s October 7 massacre, Israel seems stuck. Its war in Gaza has inflicted grievous blows on Hamas, and the group is unlikely to be able to carry out another comparable attack for some time, if ever. The price for this success is high, however, both in terms of Palestinian lives and Israel’s reputation. Israel remains far from its goal of destroying Hamas, and it seems trapped in a military campaign that is likely to make only incremental progress at huge cost.

After October 7, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu swore to “destroy Hamas” by killing its leaders, shattering its military forces, and demolishing its infrastructure.…  Seguir leyendo »

Palestinians shop for iftar dinner in Jerusalem on Tuesday. (Photo by Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu via Getty Images) Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu/Getty Images

As the conflict in the Middle East reverberates around the world, many in the West have fallen into the emotional traps of anger, fear and righteousness toward the perceived other side. Exporting the conflict will not bring peace any more than it will bring victory, and the only way to reduce the flames is to learn to coexist.

My work as an imam and focus on spiritual coexistence in Israel and Palestine has shown me that the best personal defense against destructive emotions is to find the other inside ourselves. A complex identity is a natural antibody that inoculates against hate, and I myself identify as a Muslim, a Bedouin, a Palestinian and an Israeli.…  Seguir leyendo »

Food rations to be delivered to Kamal Adwan Hospital in Gaza. (Eshak Daour)

Two months ago, my family opened the first soup kitchen in Beit Lahia, my hometown in northern Gaza. We served a simple vegetable stew — a spin on traditional Gazan recipes like fogaiyya and sumagiyya — made with whatever vegetables we could get our hands on. On our first day, we fed 120 families. A local photographer snapped photos, and we even made the local news.

By now, the daily routine is dignifying and familiar. Our mother wakes at the crack of dawn to peel and prepare produce, my father sources spices, and I work as operations manager. By 7 a.m.,…  Seguir leyendo »