Hamas' surprise attack on October 7th and Israel's declaration of war on Hamas have set off an armed conflict in the Middle East that has the potential to embroil an entire region, with far-reaching consequences. Protests in support of Palestine have erupted across the Middle East and around the world. There have been exchanges of fire between Israel and Hezbollah on Israel's northern border with Lebanon. Iran's Foreign Minister has met with leaders of Hezbollah and Hamas and warned of a potential "preemptive" strike on Israel. The Saudi Arabian government's efforts to normalize relations with Israel have been destabilized. Meanwhile, the long tail of global impacts that will likely follow the attack on October 7th has called up a certain historical analogy: "this is Israel's 9/11."
Tareq Baconi, author of the book Hamas Contained: The Rise and Pacification of Palestinian Resistance and president of the board of Al-Shabaka: the Palestinian Policy Network, provides insights into the perception of the conflict in the Middle East, and Brooke speaks with David Klion, contributing editor at Jewish Currents, who wrote about the 9/11 analogy for n+1 magazine, to discuss why we should see it the invocation of 9/11 as a lesson and a warning.