Wednesday Briefing – The New York Times | ET REALITY


Amid growing desperation and anger, Arab countries including Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt are stepping up their calls for the United States to pressure Israel to establish an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. Failure to do so, they say, risks sabotaging the security of the entire Middle East.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel has rejected calls for even a temporary ceasefire until Hamas, the Palestinian armed group that, in a brazen attack on October 7, took some 240 captives and killed an estimated 1,400 people, freed to the hostages. the Israeli authorities.

Israeli officials insist their military campaign must destroy Hamas, which rules Gaza and is estimated to have tens of thousands of fighters inside the territory. But Arab officials and academics who study the Iranian-backed militia argue that the goal is not only impossible but counterproductive, in the sense that it would very likely generate even more violence.

Whats Next: Arab officials will meet this weekend in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, for a summit, and the conflict will top the agenda.

After 20 months of full-scale war, as Ukraine seeks to replenish its forces, efforts are underway to recruit more women into the military, including through volunteer groups that offer all-female training. Women are already in combat in southeastern Ukraine, after the military abolished restrictions that prevented them from performing certain roles and responsibilities.

About 43,000 women now serve in the military, according to the Ministry of Defense, an increase of about 40 percent since 2021, the year before Russia’s full-scale invasion. Male fighting strength has more than tripled over the same period.

The military’s outreach to women is a step toward equality, no doubt, but it also reflects the tremendous toll the war has taken. Many of the men who volunteered at the start of the war are dead or wounded, and Ukraine now needs many more soldiers to sustain its resistance to the Russian invasion, even as men increasingly avoid the draft.

From the war:

Last year, Prime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary hoped to lead a pan-European far-right movement. Those aspirations are fading, deflated by the poor performance at the polls of some of his most ardent admirers, as well as by deep divisions over the war in Ukraine and Sweden’s admission to NATO.

Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party, a long-time partner of Orban’s Fidesz party in its battles with the EU, lost the general election last month. Allies in Spain, Slovenia and the Czech Republic have also faltered.

And although Giorgia Meloni, who shares Orban’s views on cultural issues and national sovereignty, is now Italy’s prime minister, she has alienated Hungary over its Kremlin-friendly response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Migration crisis: An agreement between Italy and Albania, a non-EU nation, to outsource migrant processing and containment has left some Italian politicians wondering whether the deal is legal, ethical, practical or even real.

King Charles III opened the British Parliament yesterday for the first time as monarch, with a speech that outlined policies sharply contrary to his long-standing support for environmental causes, including a plan to expand oil and gas drilling in the North Sea.

Drafted by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak but delivered by King Charles, the speech is a constitutional oddity, and with a particular twist this year, when the new sovereign read bills that included policies that likely ran counter to his own. , once strident. stated opinions.

Over three decades, “The Simpsons” has changed to adapt to evolving sensibilities. The show stopped making fun of gay characters, for example, and no longer uses a white actor to voice black and Indian characters.

Now, that might be abandoning the old joke where Homer Simpson strangles his son, Bart. “I don’t do that anymore,” Homer said in a recent episode. “The time has changed.”

That’s all for today’s briefing. Have a nice day. —Natacha

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