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No one can protect Israel from the risk of a decade-long war

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As Israel is heading towards a massive ground operation, the risk of Israel slipping into a decade-long war has increased and it has become hard for the US and other European allies to save Israel. French President Emmanuel Macron warned that lasting security in the region cannot be achieved at the cost of Palestinian lives. He urged Israel to define its end goal of the war with Hamas, while arguing that the stated aim of totally eliminating the Palestinian group may result in a years-long conflict.

Speaking at a press conference on the sidelines of the UN COP28 climate conference in Dubai, Macron questioned whether “anyone thinks it’s possible” to wipe out Hamas. “If it is the aim, the war will last for 10 years,” he said. “There can be no long-term security for Israel in the region, if that security comes at the price of Palestinian lives, affecting the public opinions in the region,” he added.

The temporary truce between Hamas and Israel ended on Friday, with both sides blaming each other for the resumption of hostilities. Israeli officials have repeatedly stated that a comprehensive ceasefire at this moment would only benefit Hamas.

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