Israel Finds Itself Increasingly Alone As Fury Grows Over Gaza
Jordan's Queen Rania Al Abdullah was offered a chance to express horror at the October 7 Hamas killing and abduction of Israelis.
How did she feel, she was asked in a CNN interview, "as an Arab, as a Palestinian, a human being, a mother?"
The monarch launched into an impassioned denunciation of Israel's subsequent bombing of Gaza and the West's "double standard," juxtaposing what happened in southern Israel with what is occurring in Gaza. "Are we being told it is wrong to kill an entire family at gunpoint but it's OK to shell them to death
Inside Israel, a powerful sense of foreboding was evidenced by a new poll showing 64% of Israelis now fear for their physical safety. Hamas continues to fire rockets and missiles into the country every day while militants try to sneak in via land or sea. Security officials believe some of those who entered on October 7 may be in hiding in preparation for a second attack.
Outside of Israel, many see things differently. On Tuesday, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said of the Hamas killings that they "did not happen in a vacuum," adding, "The Palestinian people have been subjected to 56 years of suffocating occupation."