The Polish President, Andrzej Duda, has stated that the recent escalation of conflict between Israel and the Hamas militant group in Gaza should not be exaggerated and is unlikely to lead to a new world war. Speaking in an interview with broadcaster Polsat, Duda dismissed the possibility of a global conflict and pointed out that wars have occurred in the region in the past without triggering a world war.
While downplaying the risk of a world war, the Polish President did acknowledge that the current escalation in the Middle East is more severe than previous flare-ups and poses a very dangerous situation. He emphasized the need to be cautious and expressed concern over the scale of the current escalation.
Duda also suggested that the conflict between Israel and Hamas plays into the hands of Russia, as it diverts attention from the ongoing Ukrainian conflict. He argued that the international focus on the Middle East conflict allows Russia to carry out its aggressive actions in Ukraine without facing strong global condemnation. Duda’s comments imply that Russia benefits from the distractions caused by the Israel-Hamas conflict.
However, when asked if he had discussed his perspective with Israeli President Isaac Herzog during a phone call, Duda stated that they did not cover this topic. He revealed that the main purpose of the call was to express condolences and sympathies to the Israeli people and their president.
The escalation between Israel and Hamas started on Saturday, with Hamas launching a surprise attack on southern Israel from Gaza. The militants managed to breach the border, overrunning military installations and causing casualties among Israeli soldiers and civilians. The attack resulted in the deaths of over 600 people, according to ZAKA, an Israeli volunteer group that handles human remains after terrorist attacks.
In response, Israel launched airstrikes on Gaza and deployed troops to the southern border. The Israeli government also declared a state of war and called up military reservists. The situation on the ground remains tense, with no immediate resolution in sight.
Overall, President Andrzej Duda’s comments reflect a cautious approach to the conflict between Israel and Hamas. While acknowledging the severity of the current escalation, he believes that it is unlikely to spiral into a world war. However, he also highlights the potential benefits for Russia in diverting global attention from the Ukrainian conflict. The situation in the Middle East remains volatile, and the international community continues to monitor the developments closely.