The Israel and Hamas War


Bradley C. McCarter (Editor)

Series: Politics and Economics of the Middle East
BISAC: POL037000; POL061000

On October 7, 2023, Gaza Strip-based militants led by the Palestinian Sunni Islamist group Hamas (a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization, or FTO) engaged in a series of surprise attacks by land, sea, and air against Israel. The assault targeted Israeli military bases and civilian areas during the final Jewish high holiday, just over 50 years after the Egypt-Syria surprise attack that sparked the 1973 Yom Kippur War. The attacks’ scope and lethality against Israel have no precedent in the 16 years Hamas has controlled Gaza. The nature of the violence stunned Israelis; apparent intelligence and operational failures in preventing the assault surprised Israeli, U.S., and other Western officials. Chapters 1-3 discuss the current situation and future implications, while chapters 4-6 provide background and policy issues related to the region.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Israel and Hamas October 2023 Conflict: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Jim Zanotti, Jeremy M. Sharp, Christopher M. Blanchard, Clayton Thomas, Matthew C. Weed, Rhoda Margesson, Luisa Blanchfield, Cory R. Gill, John W. Rollins, Rebecca M. Nelson, and Liana W. Rosen

Chapter 2. Israel and Hamas: Major Conflict After Surprise Attacks
Jim Zanotti and Jeremy M. Sharp,

Chapter 3. Remarks by President Biden on the October 7th Terrorist Attacks and the Resilience of the State of Israel and its People | Tel Aviv, Israel
President Biden

Chapter 4. Israel: Background and U.S. Relations
Jim Zanotti

Chapter 5. Israel: Major Issues and U.S. Relations
Jim Zanotti

Chapter 6. The Gaza Strip
CIA World Factbook


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