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Israel appears to be on the verge of a new truce agreement with the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), given the great pressure on the war government due to its failure to achieve its goals and the continuous increase in the losses of its forces, despite its continuous escalation of bombing of civilians in the Gaza Strip, experts and analysts say.

Israel has increased the frequency of its attacks on civilians in Gaza over the past few days, but military expert Maj. Gen. Fayez al-Duwairi says that any negotiation process is often preceded by a wave of military escalation to put the other side under pressure during negotiations and reduce the ceiling of its demands.

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During his participation in the program "Gaza... What's more?" Duwairi said that over the past three days, Israel has tried to create a new reality in Gaza, including a safe zone along the eastern façade of the Strip.

The Israeli occupation forces are also trying to separate Jabalia refugee camp from Beit Lahia and are working to penetrate the area between Al-Tuffah and Al-Shujaiya neighborhoods to send a message that they have cards of strength and can do more than they did to force the resistance to make concessions, according to Al-Duwairi, who believes that all this may be a prelude to a ceasefire.

Growing internal division

Apart from twisting the arm of the resistance, Muhannad Mustafa, an expert on Israeli affairs, said that Israel suffers from a deep internal division over the feasibility of the war and the possibility of achieving its goals, stressing that "this sharp division did not exist when the battles began."

While a non-right-wing segment of Israel is trying to think anew about this war and the way it is being managed, another segment is demanding the continuation of operations, a contradiction that "reflects chaos, restlessness, lack of clarity of vision, and declining confidence in the current government's ability to achieve its goals," Mustafa said.

Mustafa believes that the government's lack of clarity on the issue of prisoner return and accusations of lying by some "means that Israeli society is heading for further division."

On the other hand, the resistance seems ready for all future scenarios, according to political analyst Hossam Shaker, who pointed out that things "have reached a stage of testing the prudeness of the occupation government and its handling of the major changes that are taking place."

Shakir pointed out that Israel's Western allies feel that the mission will not be accomplished soon and that things "may get out of the way on the northern border of occupied Palestine (Lebanon), as well as the escalation in the Red Sea."

However, Shakir says, Israel continues its brutal escalation in order to "negotiate with fire," while the resistance shows very painful responses to the occupation and its stated goals, reinforcing the hypothesis that Israel "may drown in the sands of Gaza."

Painful losses

Abu Obeida, spokesman for the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, announced the total or partial destruction of 41 Israeli vehicles over the past three days, in addition to killing 25 soldiers and wounding dozens of others.

In light of these heavy losses, Israel continues to escalate militarily because some members of the war government defend their interests and therefore want more bombardment, destruction and starvation of the Gaza Strip regardless of the issue of prisoners, according to Mustafa.

However, this behavior based on the political interests of some increases the unprecedented internal division because it contradicts the goal of returning prisoners, which pushes some to demand a new truce or a complete ceasefire.

Shakir echoed the view by saying that the occupation government, which continues to jump forward, "will reach the moment of truth, because the indicators of field failure and field shouting are escalating, and at a certain moment people will face the facts."

Despite all this, Duwairi believes that a potential truce may be remote because the United States remains convinced of Israel's ability to root out Hamas.

Source : Al Jazeera