That prevented the conflict from becoming a larger, more dangerous and closer confrontation to what happened during the 11-day war in May 2021.
The Israeli government also believes that its economic incentive campaign, increasing the number of permits given to Gazans to cross into Israel for work, is succeeding.
Israel and Egypt have imposed a closure on Gaza since 2007, limiting access to the territory by land, air and sea, including strict restrictions on the movement of residents and the flow of goods.
If rockets are fired, Israel closes the border and the thousands of Gazans with permits cannot work in Israel or get paid.
On Monday, a senior Israeli diplomatic official said Hamas was “an enemy, not a partner…but we can cooperate, primarily through Egypt, to improve the situation in Gaza.”
For showing restraint, Hamas will expect to be rewarded.
Lapid’s first big security test
The weekend conflict was also the first major military test for caretaker Prime Minister Yair Lapid. Unlike his predecessor Naftali Bennett, Lapid is not known for his military combat experience. But like US President Joe Biden’s visit last month, it was another moment for Lapid to look like a true prime minister — images that Lapid probably hopes Israelis will remember as they did at the polls in November.
After the meeting, Netanyahu said he supported the operation and gave his “full backing to the government, the IDF and the security forces.”
Parts of Gaza once again lie in rubble and mourning for the lives lost continues, but for Israelis and Gazans, the conflict has not led to a substantive change in the political situation on the ground.
Russia’s envoy to Iran nuclear talks says they are ‘moving in the right direction’
Ambassador Mikhail Ulyanov, Russia’s chief negotiator in Vienna for talks aimed at reviving the nuclear deal with Iran, told the media on Sunday: “I cannot guarantee [anything]but the impression is that we are moving in the right direction.” He said there were “minimal” unresolved issues, “only 3 [or] 4”.
- Background: Tehran increased uranium enrichment at a rate not seen since the signing of the 2015 nuclear deal. Former US President Donald Trump withdrew from that deal in 2018. In June, Iran turned off surveillance cameras used by the International Atomic Energy Agency to monitor activity at the country’s key nuclear facilities. Sunday marked the fourth day of this latest round, the ninth, of nuclear talks with Iran.
- why does it matter: Talks broke down earlier this year due to Tehran’s insistence that the US remove the Revolutionary Guards from its list of terrorist organizations, which the US has refused to do. However, the US sent special envoy for Iran Rob Malley to Vienna for the new round of talks, and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said last Monday that the US is “prepared to move forward on the basis of what has been agreed”, but it is not clear if Iran is prepared to do the same.
Putin and Erdogan agree to start partial payment in rubles for Russian gas
Bilateral talks in Sochi between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan included an agreement to pay Russia in rubles for partial gas supplies. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak said the two presidents have reached agreements to establish a financial banking bloc “to allow commercial companies, Russian citizens, to pay during tourist trips and exchange money.”
- Background: Russia has been trying to force its customers to pay for energy in rubles. President Vladimir Putin signed a decree in March requiring natural gas buyers from “hostile countries” to have accounts with Gazprombank, Russia’s third-largest bank, and settle contracts in rubles.
- why does it matter: Russia is on a mission to show that it is not as isolated as the United States would like it to be. Closer relations between Putin and Erdogan may provide Russia with avenues to ease the pressure of Western sanctions on the country. The ruble slumped to a record low in the wake of the invasion but is the world’s best performing currency this year, according to Reuters. The central bank has implemented policies to prevent investors and companies from selling the currency and other measures that force them to buy it.
Iran city hits 53 degrees Celsius, the world’s hottest temperature this year
Abadan, Iran, had a high temperature of 53.0°C (127.4°F) on Friday, the highest temperature recorded anywhere in the world in 2022, according to meteorological historian Maximiliano Herrera.
- Background: Numerous places in Iran, Iraq and Kuwait exceeded 50 degrees Celsius on Friday. Temperatures were expected to return to near average after the weekend, with highs in the mid-40s to 40s. The highest temperature ever recorded in the world is 56.7 °C (134.1 °F) in Death Valley, California on July 10, 1913.
- why does it matter: Heat of this caliber raises serious concerns about heat-related illness, especially for those without access to water and adequate shelter, and is likely to strengthen the case for action on climate change.
what is trend
The citizens of one of the richest Arab countries are demanding an increase in wages.
Kuwaitis took to Twitter to express their frustration with the country’s economic situation, blaming official corruption and greed for alleged wage inequality.
“It is inconceivable that a rich country like Kuwait, which has a small number of inhabitants and the strongest currency in the world [wouldn’t raise wages]Mohammed Al Huwaishel tweeted. “The demands of the people must be met without conditions.”
The World Bank warned in December that the government’s wage bill is unsustainable and said that if the situation continues, the country’s financial reserves will be depleted. The nation has made the least progress among oil-rich Gulf Arab countries in reforming its wage bill and has even increased hiring, he said.
Another hashtag on Twitter urged the government to write off citizens’ debt, which is not without precedent. After the end of the 1991 Gulf War, the government wrote off almost all consumer debt.
By Mohammed Abdelbary