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Smart Take | A Bird’s-Eye View of the Hamas-Israel War and Its Impact on Regional Relations

October 11, 20232:13

Currently Israel is taking action to eliminate Hamas’ military capabilities, striking Gaza from the air, cutting off electricity, food, and fuel supplies, and amassing troops near the Gaza border for a looming ground invasion. Merissa Khurma, Director of the Middle East Program, comments on the regional impact of the war. She describes how the attack has jeopardized the Abraham Accords and the hopes for a normalization of relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia. She also comments on whether or not Iran was involved and how Hezbollah might react on Israel’s Northern Border.


Merissa Khurma

Merissa Khurma

Director, Middle East Program
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The Wilson Center’s Middle East Program serves as a crucial resource for the policymaking community and beyond, providing analyses and research that helps inform U.S. foreign policymaking, stimulates public debate, and expands knowledge about issues in the wider Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.  Read more