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A demonstrator stands next to a banner with an image of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as she attends a rally in Tel Aviv to demand an immediate cease-fire in Gaza on Jan. 27, 2024.

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Can Bibi’s career survive the Israel-Hamas war?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has faced growing calls to resign since the Oct. 7 attacks by Hamas. In recent days, protesters have gathered outside his home. The war in Gaza isn’t going well. Hamas is far from being destroyed, and roughly 130 hostages remain in Gaza – prompting their family members to storm parliament in outrage. Meanwhile, there are questions as to whether Bibi’s governing coalition will fall apart.

It often seems as though the 74-year-old leader is a breath away from being pushed out of office. But is this war really the last chapter in the chaotic career of Israel’s longest-tenured prime minister?

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President Joe Biden speaks to the press aboard Air Force One en route from Israel, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Oct. 18, 2023.

REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein

Biden’s mission impossible

It was the best of trips. It was the worst of trips.

As the bullets, rockets, and bombs flew, Joe Biden set off for Israel this week, serving as a kind of human shield while aiming to give pause and reset some boundaries.

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Israeli soldiers stand guard near the Israeli-Lebanon border in the northern town of Shlomi.

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Fears of a wider war grow

Could the war between Israel and Hamas engulf other areas and actors in the region?

The biggest concern is that Hezbollah, a Lebanese Shiite Muslim political party allied with Iran – and deemed a terrorist organization by the US – will open a second front along the Israel-Lebanon border.

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks to members of the media before leaving Cairo, Egypt, on Sunday.

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World powers weigh in on Israel-Hamas War

As the crisis in Israel and Gaza deepens, various world powers are weighing in and offering to help mediate, some for their own geopolitical interests.

Washington repeatedly offered unwavering support to Israel following the Hamas attacks, but it is now also trying to address the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. In a phone call Saturday with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas – whose authority extends primarily to the West Bank – President Joe Biden pledged his full support for "urgently needed humanitarian assistance to Palestinian people, especially in Gaza."

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A woman walks past the site where a rocket launched from the Gaza Strip landed in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Oct. 7, 2023.

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Where does Israel go from here?

Citizens awoke to a “dystopian nightmare” on Saturday – with sirens and rocket attacks but little by way of clear information, says Tamar Uriel-Beeri, managing editor of Jpost.com. She was in Tel Aviv visiting family on Friday and was forced to run with her husband and four-month-old baby to a bomb shelter on Saturday morning amid the sirens.

Communication flows improved by later in the day on Saturday, she said, and she and her family made their way back to Jerusalem in the evening. “We thought we had sort of a window of quiet in the waves of attacks. Unfortunately, we were wrong, and during the drive, we had to take cover three times.” That meant stopping along the freeway, pulling their infant son from his car seat, “sprinting to the side of the highway and basically using ourselves as human shields in the hopes that Iron Dome takes the hit instead of us.”

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Israeli soldiers on a tank are seen near the Israel-Gaza border on Monday, Oct. 9, 2023.

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Israel orders 'complete siege' of Gaza

A day after Hamas launched a deadly multipronged assault on Israel, the Israeli cabinet on Sunday officially declared a state of war. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed retaliation for the attacks and warned of “a long and difficult war” ahead.

On Monday, Israel ordered a “complete siege” of Gaza, with Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant saying, “There is no electricity, there is no food, there is no water, there is no fuel.”

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