Analyzing the Widening Scope of the Israel-Hamas Conflict: Insights from Fareed Zakaria

Christian Baghai
2 min readFeb 27, 2024

The Israel-Hamas conflict has been a focal point of Middle Eastern geopolitics for decades, with its implications resonating far beyond the region’s borders. Recently, Fareed Zakaria, a prominent journalist and commentator, discussed the widening scope of this enduring conflict and the West’s approach to the rise in geopolitical tensions.

The Historical Context

To understand the current escalation, one must look at the historical tapestry that has woven the complex relationship between Israel and Hamas. The conflict traces back to the mid-20th century, with the establishment of the State of Israel and the subsequent displacement of Palestinian Arabs leading to a series of wars and hostilities. Hamas, a Palestinian Islamist political organization and militant group, emerged in 1987 during the First Intifada, advocating for the liberation of Palestine and operating primarily in the Gaza Strip.

The Recent Escalation

The recent flare-up in violence marks a significant intensification of the Israel-Hamas war. Fareed Zakaria’s analysis suggests that the conflict’s scope is broadening, with potential to fuel a wider regional conflict. The involvement of other parties, such as Hezbollah, Iran, and