100 days on, what the future holds for Israel’s war in Gaza as pressure mounts on Netanyahu

With growing international calls for a ceasefire in Gaza, Israeli hostage families calling for their loved ones to be brought home and increasing fears of a wider regional war, the Israeli prime minister should expect little respite as the war on Hamas moves past 100 days, writes Tom Bennett

Monday 15 January 2024 22:22 GMT
The Israeli military inside Gaza, where their ground operations relentlessly continue
The Israeli military inside Gaza, where their ground operations relentlessly continue (Reuters)

As Israel’s war against Hamas inside Gaza moves past 100 days, the airstrikes continue to fall across much of the territory, the intense fighting on the ground goes on, and aid agencies keep calling for more and faster aid deliveries to help desperate residents.

But the pressure is growing on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the war, which was triggered by a Hamas attack inside Israel on 7 October that killed around 1,200 people and saw another 240 people taken hostage. The airstrikes, ground operations and blockade that followed from Israel have killed more than 24,000 people, according to health officials in Hamas-run Gaza.

The United States, Israel’s staunchest ally, said on Sunday that “it’s the right time” for Israel to scale back its military offensive – a statement that followed last week’s comments by US secretary of state Antony Blinken calling for a “pathway” to a Palestinian state. China echoed those calls, urging “a specific timetable and road map for the implementation of the two-state solution”.

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