We anticipate Taiwan's invasion in face of delayed western responses – diplomat Bezsmertnyi
Diplomat Roman Bezsmertnyi suggests that the sluggish Western reaction to conflicts in Israel and Ukraine is bringing China closer to invading Taiwan
Bezsmertnyi voiced his concerns during an interview on Espreso TV.
"I recently read an interview with U.S. President Joe Biden in The Guardian, where he stated that there is no direct evidence linking Russia, Iran, and China to the aggression against Israel. Biden's response appears tactical, as it leaves room for Beijing, Moscow, and Tehran to potentially find a way out of the situation. If he had confirmed their involvement in the attack on Israel, it would imply there are no exit strategies for this trio," explained Bezsmertnyi.
The diplomat stressed the need for a more robust Western response to the conflicts in Ukraine and Israel.
"We must be candid with the public. It's crucial to reiterate that Iran, Russia, and China are directly linked to the orchestration of the attack on Israel. Just as China has supplied and continues to supply weapon components and arms to Russia, but this issue remains largely unaddressed. Nevertheless, it's essential to recognize that there are times for dialogue, and there are situations where every minute spent negotiating with terrorists increases the number of casualties. Thus, swift action is required in response to Russia's aggression in Ukraine and the actions of Hamas in Israel. The current situation is highly precarious. If the conflict in Israel persists, and the current trajectory merely prolongs it, we may find ourselves bracing for China's assault on Taiwan next year. A similar sentiment applies to the response to Russia's war in Ukraine, to which the USA responded only after eight years," he added.
Events in Israel
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.