Distant plans for a postwar Gaza
What could happen to Gaza after Israel’s war? A clear line between war and peace in Gaza is deeply implausible, as Israeli forces are likely to move in and out of the territory for a long time, and the future is murky at best, he writes in a analysis Steven Erlanger, our chief diplomatic correspondent. .
Any sustainable agreement would likely require a regional agreement involving countries such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Qatar and led by the United States, Israel’s most trusted ally. Such an agreement would require new leadership in both Israel and the Palestinian Authority, as well as an agreement to release Israeli hostages and Palestinian detainees.
President Biden has said he would like to see a “revitalized Palestinian Authority” eventually run Gaza as an arena toward an eventual “two-state solution”: an independent, largely demilitarized Palestine, alongside Israel and committed to lasting peace. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has expressed strong opposition to a Palestinian state.
Netanyahu: The Israeli leader’s vision is unclear. He continues to insist that Hamas will be “destroyed” and all hostages freed, but those goals appear more contradictory as casualties mount on both sides. He also denied wanting to reoccupy Gaza in the long term, but insisted that Israel maintain security control over both Gaza and the West Bank.
In other war news:
Families of Israeli hostages detained in Gaza protested at a border crossing yesterday in an attempt to block aid from entering the territory.
An attack hit a crowd of people waiting for humanitarian aid trucks in Gaza City, killing several people and wounding dozens more, Gaza health authorities said.
CIA Director William Burns will travel to Europe to meet with Israeli, Egyptian and Qatari officials for talks aimed at the release of hostages held in Gaza and a longer ceasefire.
Will North Korea attack?
U.S. officials say North Korean leader Kim Jong-un could take lethal military action against South Korea in the coming months after shifting his policy to one of open hostility. Kim’s statements have been more aggressive than in the past and should be taken seriously, officials said, although a full-scale war on the Korean Peninsula is not believed to be imminent.
Kim’s more aggressive stance has been evident through a series of actions this month, including the launch of several cruise missiles from the North’s western coast into the sea, the announcement of tests of a new solid-fuel missile range intermediate with a hypersonic warhead tipped and the firing of hundreds of artillery shells into waters near South Korean islands, forcing some residents to seek shelter.
It has also formally abandoned a long-standing official goal of peaceful reunification with South Korea, North Korean state media announced this month, and has repeatedly denounced the security pact announced in August by the leaders of the United States, Korea from the South and Japan.
A resilient American economy
The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 3.3 percent in the fourth quarter of 2023, ending a year in which unemployment remained low, inflation cooled and a widely anticipated recession never materialized. The figure was lower than the 4.9 percent rate in the third quarter, but easily exceeded forecasters’ expectations.
Forecasters entered 2023 expecting the Federal Reserve’s aggressive campaign of interest rate hikes to set the economy back. Instead, growth accelerated. Early forecasts suggest there are few signs that a recession is imminent this year. Layoffs remain low and job growth has remained stable.
Election campaign: “Economic growth is stronger than we had during the Trump administration,” President Biden said yesterday in Wisconsin, a swing state.
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Get big and go red
Awards show viewers might have noticed a trend in recent years: Some of the red carpets have been colors other than red.
Instead, the color has appeared on those who pose on the carpet: Selena Gomez, Dua Lipa, Charles Melton and Margot Robbie, to name a few, are among the stars who have worn shades of red at recent awards shows like the Emmys and the Goldens. Balloons.
For a more viable approach, style observers have declared a “pop of red” to be the power fashion move of the season: a touch of cherry red lipstick, a pair of scarlet socks, or a crimson bag.
“There’s only one rule for this to work, and it’s simple and easy to remember,” said fashion critic Jess Cartner-Morley. writes in The Guardian. “The rule is: keep it simple. “That goes for the red accent piece as well as the rest of your look.”
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