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Weingarten: Why Israel-Hamas war leading to World War III is not an alarmist view

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Opinion Editor Caleb Weingarten discusses why Sen. Bernie Sanders is right about the Israel-Hamas war.

Content warning: The following article contains mentions of war and death.

In my last article, I made a case that the war between Israel-Hamas could potentially spur a greater conflict (World War III). This article is in response to those who may feel that this is an alarmist view. I must note that I never stated this war will inevitably fall into a greater catastrophe. I stated that it could, which is plausible given how intertwined the world is in the region. 

A commenter on my last article stated that the current war between Israel and Hamas is “nothing” compared to the Yom Kippur War of 1973. This is an incredibly bold claim when we simply compare the death tolls. For example, Israel lost 2,688 soldiers in the entire Yom Kippur War. Compare that to the roughly 1,400 killed by Hamas in just a few hours Oct. 7, 2023. We also need to keep in mind this war has not yet ended, so any sort of comparative judgments should be held until we can make a better assessment. 

This is the role of my original claim, contrary to what some took from it as. I do not aim to be an alarmist; however, I do want to call into question the repercussions of Israeli policy moving forward if they continue against the Palestinian people in Gaza and the West Bank. If not, a much more catastrophic war is possible. The likelihood of such a war depends on a multitude of factors that I could not even begin to consider in a short op-ed piece. 

More concerning is the continued U.S. funding of this war. Israel quite literally would not have a military with the strength that it does if it weren’t for the generous portion of our national defense budget that Americans give to Israel every year. 

In addition, the United States warning other countries not to get involved signals that our government is concerned about the possibility of other countries intervening (such as Iran, which largely funds the terrorist organizations Israel is fighting with). There is also a suspicion that Iran is attempting to foil diplomatic gains made in the region between certain Arab countries and Israel. This could cause a potential array of issues if substantive diplomacy is rolled back (considering that many of these countries are allies with global superpowers like Russia and China). 

A commenter on the previous article wrote that Russia has its hands full, China does not have an interest in the Middle East’s instability and Iran is using confrontation with Israel to “lead to a major [U.S.] response”.

First, the idea that Russia can’t multitask on a world scale is an unstable position to take. Does it not seem more likely that World War III could occur if there are multiple, large-scale battles going on at the same time, especially when the U.S. is by-proxy funding the opposition to Russia? Furthermore, China most definitely has interest in the Middle East, especially if it stifles U.S. progress (Do not forget we would attempt to thwart a Chinese invasion of Taiwan). If not, why is China Iran’s biggest trade partner? The instability of the Middle East offers opportunities for countries to establish a presence.The United States has certainly taken advantage of this, and according to the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, China is no different. 

Also, this idea that Israel and the United States are the ones being harassed is an absurd notion. Please read my other articles for my explanations of why the United States and Israel are not always the “good guys.” At the time of this article, the Associate Press reports over 5,700 Palestinian deaths, 17,000 Palestinian injuries, along with 1.4 million people displaced. As I have stated before, the terror by Hamas does not justify a three-fold increase in Palestinian death and injury. The “harassment” claim doesn’t take into account the vicious Israeli occupation of Palestine that has undeniably resulted in a history of Palestinian death and despair. There is a reason Gaza has been labeled as an “open-air prison.”

While there is no guarantee that this war will spiral into World War III, relations between countries are not nearly as black and white as some may make it seem. To suggest the war in Israel could lead to something far worse, as I have presented, is not an unreasonable speculation. 

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    Stephen Smart | Jan 3, 2024 at 5:12 am

    Israel v Palestine
    not
    Israel v Hamas

    You don’t kill tens of thousands of women and children in weeks if you’re just going after military combatants

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    Jay | Oct 26, 2023 at 1:27 pm

    “Jewish Nucleus”

    “Every society has that which bonds it: A common ancestry and a system of lineage. Or a common language, or common borders, or governing body. Usually, it is a combination of several factors that mold a mass of people into a single whole.

    The Jewish people are unique in that they have only a single nucleus—and it is none of the above.

    All that bonds us is Torah. Nothing else has proven capable of holding us together for more than a generation or two. Nothing else, other than the same Torah that first forged us as a nation.”

    The land of Eretz Yisroel belongs to the Jewish nation/people. Plain and Simple.

    History did not start in 1948.

    Unfortunately (nothing new) there are people that propagate lies and promote Jew-hatred & Jew-killing.

    It’s the same old Jew-Hate of thousands of years, just in a different Era.

    Thank you for disseminating nonsense lies and the distortion of truth.

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      Nichole | Oct 26, 2023 at 3:04 pm

      I think it is inappropriate to accuse the author of “Jew-Hate.” Nothing in this article is anti Semitic. Advocating against war-crimes is not anti Semitic. Your other comment saying that I needed to be an international lawyer to know Israel is committing war crimes is untrue. I do not need a JD to use google and to see that the war crimes are well documented. Collective punishment by cutting off food, water, electricity, and fuel is against international law. Using white phosphorus is against international law. I have nothing against the Jewish people or the Jewish faith. History did not start in 1948, you’re right. But there are people in Gaza older than Israel who had their homes and land established before the Nabka of 1948. I am not a Jewish scholar by any means but this can be verified. Do not accuse anyone of “disseminating nonsense lies and the distortion of truth” when you don’t include any facts yourself. Have a good day.

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      I am Noone | Oct 28, 2023 at 3:03 pm

      The Torah? I can see you haven’t thoroughly read the torah. Where was the Torah during the Exodus? It was God who led the Jews out of Egypt. Not the Torah. GOD.

      I am not Jewish, I am a Jesus follower. I taught myself in 4 years how to read in ancient Hebrew. I had to read the Torah, the Tanakh (English also old and new testaments). I wanted to read with my own eyes. Not what I’d been “told” by men.

      You know what binds the Jews? Their obedience to God the Father. The Torah in just it’s 5 separate scrolls tells the story that IS as old as time: the hebrews turning away from God time and time and time and time and time again.

      God corrects, they turn back to Him. They forget and go back to: worshipping idols, chasing after and laying with foreign countries, and they are punished. It’s all in the Torah and the Tanakh. It’s all thru the English Bible old and new testaments. Read them thoroughly (like really read every single word!) before stating anything of God’s words, like the Torah. 5 scrolls.

      What holds God’s people or dispurses them (which includes the gentiles) is our level of OBEDIENCE to the Lord God Almighty.

      I can tell very easily who has read and who has not read their Torah/Tanakh/Bible. God. Is
      Clear. Read word for word every book. Worship and idolize no others. He is a very jealous god. Follow the LAWS. The TORAH. 10 commands. One of them being do not misuse the Lord’s name. Judge wisely.

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        Absbsbsb | Oct 29, 2023 at 4:51 pm

        Non esistono religioni e Dei nel mondo ma solo la potenza del cervello dell’uomo secondo me.
        L’unica cosa in cui si può credere è il dono dell’inventiva che ha L’umanità…

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    Nichole | Oct 26, 2023 at 12:38 pm

    Yikes Abraham. Yes, people have the right to defense, including military action but lets not gloss over the fact that abusive of power is also in full force. “Arab Palestinian Arabs are BAD” no hiding your racism there. Also, you must not be paying attention. Show me where it’s mentioned anywhere on these articles where it’s stated the brutality that Hamas has been condoned? Please, I don’t see it. What I do know, Israel and the US are not acting within international law. Turn off Fox News for a few minutes. As a white women married to a ethnic Jewish man, you’re absolutely out of touch with the issues, both current and past. Your immflamtory comment should be removed. There are likely Palestinian Arabs who like attend ISU, don’t make such disgusting remarks.

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      Jay | Oct 26, 2023 at 1:39 pm

      There are Jewish students that attend ISU too. What’s your point? And just because your married to a Jew means you know or understand Jewish history?

      “What I do know, Israel and the US are not acting within international law.”

      From where do you know?

      Are you a lawyer? Do you know international law?

      Seems like you are out of touch and that you truly don’t understand history, specifically Jewish history.

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    Samantha | Oct 25, 2023 at 8:54 am

    I’m glad some can rest easy at night knowing “Russia has its hand’s full” while much of the world IS wondering, what is next? Hopefully a peaceful outcome without ongoing war. Rather, politicians and presidential candidates such as Nikki Hailey are calling on Israel to destroy Palestinians, Joe Biden is writing blank checks and backing the Israel with no questions asked. You’d think we’d be “too busy” with our hands tied up with Ukraine (sarcasm). Trump is already making the jumbo claim that he’s done more than any other president to rally up his his folks.
    How is it war mongering to discuss the possibility of facing another world war when it has happened twice before?

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    Chase | Oct 25, 2023 at 7:43 am

    Fear-mongering is not something I would expect from the Daily. But here we are.

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      I actually read the article | Oct 25, 2023 at 8:24 am

      If you think this is fear mongering, you clearly didn’t understand the article as it should’ve been. The author clearly states that we don’t know for certain if WWIII will happen as a result of the Israel-Palestine War. However, this doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be precautious and prepared for a worst case scenario. Also, based on the information provided along with the information you can find on your own, all signs show WWIII isn’t impossible, how irresponsible would we be if we didn’t listen? So if you’re going to label this article as fear mongering, you need to refresh your definition of it.

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