On Saturday 7 October Hamas launched an unprecedented land, air and sea attack on Israel, which took the Israeli Defence Forces and intelligence services by surprise.
In retaliation, Israel has launched heavy air strikes on the Gaza strip with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announcing that Israel is now at war with the militant group. While conflicts in Gaza aren’t new, this war will likely be a long and devastating conflict which may not only end any prospect for negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, but will have far-reaching consequences for the immediate neighbourhood, the broader Middle East region and the international community.
What are the likely next steps in terms of operations on the ground?
How will the war impact Israeli politics and the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank?
How are other regional actors, including Hezbollah and Iran, responding? What does the war mean for normalization of relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel?
What should the international community do to address the situation and support de-escalation?
As with all member events, questions from the audience drive the conversation.