President Joe Biden’s recent visit to Tel Aviv raised questions about his impact on the Israel-Gaza conflict. While he expressed intentions to increase the flow of aid into Gaza, significant challenges persist, leaving observers to wonder what has truly been accomplished.
Biden’s commitment to delivering aid to Gaza, particularly through the Rafah border, was met with anticipation. However, as of now, not a single aid truck has entered Gaza from Egypt. This has led to skepticism about the effectiveness of these promises.
The situation further complicates as Israeli tanks lined up at the Gaza border shortly after Biden’s departure, coinciding with UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s arrival in Tel Aviv. These developments raise the question of what, if anything, Joe Biden has achieved during his visit.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s stance on withholding aid until hostages are released clashes with Hamas’s insistence on a ceasefire before any hostage releases. This deadlock has drawn comparisons with other international conflicts and led to accusations of double standards by Palestine.
The recent attack on Al Ahli Hospital has not only isolated Biden in the Arab world but also led to consequences like Jordan’s cancellation of an emergency Summit, emphasizing the diplomatic complexity of the situation.
Diplomatically, negotiations often require engaging with all parties involved. Yet, Turkey, Jordan, and Qatar, which had been playing mediating roles regarding the hostage issue, have grown silent after the hospital attack.
The blame game regarding rocket attacks becomes secondary when considering the high cost paid by Palestinians in Gaza, with numerous casualties.
Additionally, Iran has sought to unite Islamic and Arab nations in opposition to Israel, calling for the severance of diplomatic ties. This adds another layer of complexity to the regional dynamics.
Back in the United States, protests calling for a ceasefire have occurred at the Capitol. Even Biden’s announcement of a $100 million aid package for both Gaza and Israel has faced criticism.
Russia has entered the scene, denouncing the hospital attack as a “terrible catastrophe” and sending aid to Gaza through the Red Crescent.
In the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), two resolutions on Gaza, one by Russia and another by Brazil, have been vetoed. The U.S. blocked Brazil’s resolution advocating “humanitarian pauses” to deliver aid to Gaza due to its omission of Israel’s right to self-defense. Russia and the UK abstained from the vote.
In light of these developments, the situation in Gaza remains uncertain, and the effectiveness of Joe Biden’s approach in balancing support for Israel with aid to Gaza remains a subject of ongoing debate. The ultimate impact of these efforts is yet to be determined, leaving the issue in a state of flux, and the verdict is still out.