Moscow accuses Israel and summons Hamas: how will the Middle East react?

(To David Rossi)

The escalation of tensions between Russia and Israel continues. On the morning of Wednesday 4 May, the statement on Sputnik, the official propaganda organ of the Kremlin, by the spokeswoman of the Russian foreign ministry, Maria Zakharova, according to which they are "The same politicians in Israel who inflated the information campaign" and there are "Israeli mercenaries actually" committed to fighting "Shoulder to shoulder with Azov militants in Ukraine".

In the same hours a delegation from Hamas, the Islamist terrorist organization that has controlled the territory of Gaza for years, was received in Moscow for talks, shortly after the clashes in Jerusalem. The main meetings, already scheduled, will be those with Russian Foreign Ministry officials, including Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, to discuss the situation in Jerusalem, developments in the Palestinian area and bilateral relations between Hamas and Russia.

The delegation is also expected to meet Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of the Chechen Republic, while a summit also with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov depends on the latter's commitments.

It will be interesting to observe the reaction of the Gulf monarchies to the end of Israeli neutrality, being their direct competitors of Moscow for gas and oil, but above all dependent on the United States in an official way and on Israel in a more discreet way for their security.

We intend to carefully follow this front of the war unleashed by Moscow.