Impact of the Gaza War on US Influence in the Middle East

Gaza war had detrimental impact on American presence in the region​An-Nahar, Lebanon, January 12In the wake of the “Al-Aqsa Flood” operation on October 7th, the US’s position in the region has been severely compromised. As the Israeli war on Gaza intensified, various fronts emerged against American forces, who previously had a secure presence in Syria, Iraq, and the regional seas spanning from the Red Sea to the Gulf of Oman. Under the guise of supporting Gaza without engaging in a full-scale war with the US and Israel, Iran’s slogan has resulted in a shift that is negatively affecting American military bases in Iraq and eastern Syria. These bases have been targeted over 120 times by missile strikes or explosive drones. While American forces have not experienced any casualties so far, their movements have been restricted due to fear of ambushes. This has significantly challenged American policy in Iraq as Iran seemingly declares war on the American presence in the Middle East in response to the Gaza conflict. However, Iraq’s stability cannot be guaranteed by Iran alone as it represents a closed sectarian environment within a country that is ethnically and religiously divided. Additionally, Iraq’s detachment from the US would not be feasible in the foreseeable future due to economic and financial factors. The attacks on marine vessels in the Red Sea by the Houthi rebels have further raised questions about the impact on American military presence in the region, prompting Washington to form a naval coalition involving over 20 countries to counter these attacks. These attacks have reshaped alliances and created tense situations for the future. The International Court of Justice is currently deliberating a lawsuit presented by South Africa against Israel. This lawsuit aims to bring attention to the suffering of the people of Gaza and the relentless killing inflicted upon them by Israel. The decision of the International Court of Justice will have significant ramifications for the international community and its institutions. In the ongoing conflict, Gaza with its intricate network of tunnels has emerged as a formidable enemy, leading to a demoralization of the Israeli public. The toll of the conflict has been significant in terms of human lives as well as demoralization of the Israeli citizens.