Israel’s Vigilance Against Terrorism

As Israel navigates the challenges posed by this conflict, it is important to highlight the resilience of the Israeli people and their determined commitment to coexistence and making peace.

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IDF Chief LTG Herzi Halevi delivers a crucial message to Reservists in Gaza: 'Your ground maneuvers pave the way for safer returns and unveil terrorist infrastructure.' [ Photo: IDF]

In the aftermath of the horrendous Hamas terror attack on October 7, Israel found itself compelled to take firm action to protect our citizens and eliminate the lethal threat from the Gaza Strip. The ongoing military operations are driven by a commitment to free our kidnapped babies, eliminate Hamas terrorism, destroy its murderous capabilities and ensure the safety and security of Israeli civilians.

Even in the middle of conflict, Israel remains committed to upholding humanitarian values; A daily humanitarian corridor is carefully maintained, allowing for the safe passage of Gaza residents to the southern regions. Hospitals in Gaza are provided with secure evacuation routes, and efforts are underway to facilitate the transfer of essential humanitarian aid to those in need. However, the difficult reality persists: Hamas continues to withhold humanitarian rights from the kidnapped, obstructing access to medical treatment. Furthermore, the terror group manipulates the movement of Gaza’s residents, using them as human shields, a reprehensible tactic that intensifies the complexities of the situation.

Of critical concern is Hamas’s blatant exploitation of civilian infrastructure for military purposes, including hospitals, medical institutions, and ambulances. The Rules of War state that when civilian facilities are repurposed for military use, they may become legitimate military targets. This reality highlights the challenging decisions faced by Israel as it seeks to protect its citizens while minimizing civilian casualties and damage to vital infrastructure.

The hazard of opening additional fronts cannot be overstated. Hamas’s persistent encouragement of violence in the West Bank, coupled with Hezbollah’s attempts to divert attention by attacking Israeli communities and citizens, presents a multi-front challenge. Meanwhile, the Houthis have escalated their attacks, claiming official responsibility. Israel, despite its hesitance to open additional fronts, is determined to handle any threat to its citizens.

In this complex geopolitical landscape, Israel finds itself at the crossroads of multiple challenges. The delicate balance between self-defense and humanitarian considerations indicates the need for delicate decision-making. The international community must recognize the complex nature of the conflict, acknowledging the efforts made by Israel to minimize harm to civilians while addressing the pressing security concerns that persist.

Iran’s role in destabilizing the region is a grave concern for Israel and the global community at large. The nation categorically rejects any inclusion of Iran in initiatives aimed at resolving the conflict, recognizing the broader threat posed by its actions. The attempt by Iran to undermine regional peace not only jeopardizes the stability of the Middle East but poses a substantial risk to global stability. A united front against Iran’s disruptive activities is imperative to preserve international peace and security.

In these challenging times, the true alliance between Israel and the United States stands as a sign of shared values, emphasizing the principles of democracy, security, and a commitment to countering terrorism. The extensive support Israel receives from the broader Western community, including the wide support from India, indicates the global dedication to upholding these values in the face of evolving threats.

As the conflict unfolds, the international community must recognize the delicate nature of the situation, distinguishing between terrorist organizations and a nation’s commitment to protect its citizens. A united front against the common threat of terrorism, coupled with diplomatic efforts to address the root causes of the conflict, is essential. Israel remains committed to a peaceful resolution, emphasizing the need for global cooperation to ensure a safer and more secure world for all, and this begins with returning the kidnapped.

As Israel navigates the challenges posed by this conflict, it is important to highlight the resilience of the Israeli people and their determined commitment to coexistence and making peace.

In conclusion, the complex situation in the region demands a delicate and all-rounded approach. Israel’s actions are rooted in a commitment to protect its citizens, return its kidnapped, eliminate Hamas and the threat of terror, and work towards a lasting peace. The international community’s support for a united front against terrorism is an essential element in pursuing stability and security for the region and the world at large. Through collective efforts, we can envision a future where we all could coexist peacefully; free from the fear of violence and terror.

Views expressed in this article are the author’s own

Naor Gilon

Naor Gilon, Israel's Ambassador to India, boasts over three decades of diplomatic expertise, including roles such as Foreign Policy Advisor to three Prime Ministers and Ambassador to Italy, San Marino, and international organizations in Rome. With a BA in Political Science from Tel Aviv University and an MA in International Relations from Corvinus University of Budapest, Gilon has left an indelible mark on Israel's diplomatic landscape.

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