Beijing knows its alliance with fascist nations Iran and Russia is not going to plan – Piontkovsky
Political scientist Andrey Piontkovsky noted that, unlike Russia, Xi Jinping has expressed sympathy for the victims of terrorist attacks on Israel
Andrey Piontkovsky shared his opinions with Espreso TV.
"Beijing is closely monitoring the situation and it seems they've come to realize that their stake on partnership with fascist Iran and Russia is facing difficulties. There are strange developments in the US-Chinese relations. Just this week, after the events in Israel, a delegation of American senators, led by Senate Democrat leader Schumer, met with Xi Jinping," the political scientist observed.
Piontkovsky said that during this meeting, Xi Jinping made a noteworthy statement, saying, “I can provide numerous reasons why the US-China relationship should thrive and progress, but I can't find a single reason why we should become enemies.” It's a very interesting standpoint.
“Moreover, shortly before the meeting, Xi Jinping had issued a statement on the events in Israel, advocating for de-escalation and the pursuit of a peaceful solution. Schumer urged Xi Jinping to express the Chinese people's outrage at the terrible acts committed by terrorist groups. Remarkably, Xi Jinping agreed and revised his statement. Unlike Russia, he extended sympathy to the victims and condemned such behavior as entirely unacceptable and unjustifiable,” Piontkovsky noted.
The analyst noted that everyone is now awaiting Xi Jinping's participation in the Pacific Summit scheduled for San Francisco. Recently, the White House stated that it does not rule out the possibility of a meeting between Xi Jinping and Biden during this summit.
In essence, Russia has found itself in a difficult situation, associating itself with Iran and those who have been involved in atrocities in Israel. It remains uncertain how Moscow will navigate this situation, Piontkovsky concluded.
Events in Israel: latest updates
On the morning of Saturday, October 7, 2023, the Palestinian armed groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad launched a massive air and land attack on the state of Israel in several places. The head of the Hamas military wing, Mohammed Deif, said that his militants had launched the Al-Aqsa Flood operation. According to him, these actions are intended to protect the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.
The Palestinians launched 2,000 to 3,000 missiles at Israel and simultaneously seized 7 communities in the south.
In response, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) announced the mobilization of reservists and the launch of the Iron Swords counterterrorism operation. For the first time in 50 years, the government introduced martial law in the country.
The IDF actively used aviation to strike Palestinian command posts. It has also begun clearing Hamas-occupied communities.
In addition, there is a great threat that the Shiite Hezbollah could attack Israel from the north, as its main partner and supplier, the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI), has called on jihadists to "liberate Jerusalem."
On the morning of October 8, the Saudi television channel Al Arabiya published the losses of both Palestinians and Israelis during the first day of the renewed military conflict. According to the channel, Israel lost 300 people killed and at least 1,600 wounded. The number of casualties from the Palestinian-populated Gaza Strip is 232 killed and 1,627 wounded.
On October 8, Israeli troops claimed that Lebanon had attacked their territory, so the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) attacked in response. In particular, Israeli aviation struck a complex belonging to the head of Hamas' intelligence.
Militants of the Lebanese military-political organization Hezbollah fired at Israeli positions on the border with the disputed Golan Heights and supported Hamas in its operation against Israel.
Due to the situation in the Middle East, the UN Security Council convened an emergency meeting. However, no action or decisions were taken after it. At the same time, the UK government stated that it would support Israel in its fight against terrorists and was ready to provide it with all necessary assistance.
On the afternoon of October 9, the Israeli army regained control of all areas on the border with the Gaza Strip. At this, it is possible that there are still Hamas militants on Israeli territory.
At night and during the day on the same day, the Israeli armed forces attacked the Gaza Strip. The main targets were command posts, homes of commanders, militants and ordinary soldiers of the Hamas terrorist organization. The Israeli Ministry of Defense ordered the military to put the Gaza Strip under blockade.
A number of countries have condemned the terrorist attack by Hamas militants and expressed support for Israel in its defense against aggression. Among them are the United States, the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Germany, Ukraine, France, Hungary, the Netherlands, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Hungary, Norway, Cyprus, India, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Argentina, Australia, and the European Union.