Analysis: Challenges in Achieving Lasting Peace in Gaza Conflict

The conflict between Hamas and Israel in Gaza has once again brought to light the difficult task of achieving a lasting peace in the region. Both sides have strong domestic and political reasons for their actions, making negotiations complex and potentially precarious. Leaders like Hamas’ Yahya Sinwar and Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu are playing a deadly game of survival, where the terms of the ceasefire could determine their political futures. Previous negotiations have failed due to the sensitive nature of the issues at hand, with the question of a permanent ceasefire being deferred to the final stages of the plan outlined by US President Joe Biden. This transition is likely to be difficult, but crucial for the success or failure of the deal. Netanyahu faces pressure from his far-right coalition partners to eliminate Hamas, while Hamas seeks upfront guarantees for a permanent ceasefire and the return of its hostages. The delicate balancing act between these demands will require careful maneuvering on both sides, with potential consequences for the future stability of the region. Without a comprehensive and mutually agreeable solution, the risk of continued conflict looms large, as seen in the skepticism of displaced Israelis like Yarin Sultan. The international community will be closely watching the developments in Gaza, as the fate of the ceasefire and the prospects for lasting peace hang in the balance.