In face of the massacres committed against the Palestinian people for over a month by the Israeli occupation forces who launch haphazard airstrikes, use internationally illegal weapons, and target hospitals and schools which should presumably be protected by the humanitarian international law, there is a question which poses itself: When will the war end?
The Palestinian death toll is increasing every day with the ongoing Israeli attacks since October 7, leading to a mounting Arab anger everywhere and American calls for a humanitarian truce in Gaza, amidst the Israeli negligence of all international conventions that necessitate the protection of civilians at times of war.
Since the start of the Hamas-Israeli war on October 7, Arab diplomatic efforts have never ceased to pressure Tel Aviv to respond to the Arab and international efforts to suspend its mass killings of civilian Palestinians and calm down the situation in Gaza.
Egyptian diplomacy has been in the limelight since the start of the crisis in Gaza. It proved its capacity to impose its determination and succeeded in the delivery of aid into Gaza despite the Israeli intransigence – in coincidence with the Cairo Peace Summit through which Egypt revealed Israel’s war crimes and flagrant violations of human rights in front of Israel-backing Western countries that always call for the protection of human rights.
Egypt has garnered the world’s attention with its current intensive diplomatic efforts to deescalate the situation in Gaza Strip.
This generated the interest of Arab and Western leaders to engage with Egypt in attempts to contain the current situation in Gaza.
Through the Cairo Peace Summit held late last month, Egypt reiterated its support for the Palestinian cause and its total rejection of the evacuation of Palestinians out of their land into Egypt’s Sinai, asserting that this will only lead to the liquidation of the Palestinian cause. Egypt has actually succeeded in sending a message to the whole world that its goal in the first place is to stop the cycle of violence in Gaza and that the only fundamental way out of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is the two-state solution.
During the UN General Assembly meeting, 120 Arab countries have voted for a humanitarian truce and lifting the blockade in Gaza as well as for allowing the access of aid into the Strip.
IN continuation of these Arab efforts to stop the War on Gaza, an emergency Arab Summit was held in Riyad. The Riyad summit was considered a big opportunity for Arab countries to take on a joint situation against the Israeli aggressions and agree on measures to force Tel Avil suspend its atrocities.
Actually, if the Arab countries united, they would have a pressure tool that they can use anytime to force Israel and other influential international players to stop violence in Gaza. The current humanitarian disaster in Gaza has brought Arab countries closer.
Peace must be accomplished, despite the Israeli intransigence. Palestinians Children should no longer bear the brunt of the war in which the US and Europe are involved with their support to Israel.
Mohamed Fahmy is the editor-in-chief
of The Egyptian Gazette and
Egyptian Mail newspapers