Headline RoundupNovember 21st, 2023

Could Yemen’s Houthis Spark Major Escalation in the Middle East?

Summary from the AllSides News Team

The Yemen-based Houthis hijacked an Israeli-linked civilian ship in the Red Sea over the weekend, sparking media dialogue.

For Context: The Iran-backed Houthis, declared war on Israel last month. The ship’s operator, registration, captain, and crew were not Israeli, but the company that owns it has an Israeli partner.

U.S. Diplomacy: An analysis from Al Jazeera (Lean Left bias) said the only power that could reasonably prevent “Israeli-linked” ships from being hijacked is the U.S. The piece said targeting the Houthis directly could risk major escalation, but the U.S. could instead quietly nudge Iran to reign them in.

Iran-Backed Terror: An opinion for Jerusalem Post (Center bias) said “the world should let Tehran know that it is not fooled” by its denial of involvement. The writer also said the U.S. should designate the Houthis as a terrorist organization, something done by former President Donald Trump during his final days in office, and quickly undone when President Biden assumed office.

Regional War: An analysis from The New York Sun (Right bias) said the Houthis could spark an “all-out” regional war. The article noted that since October 7, in Iraq and Syria, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-linked groups have attacked Americans over 64 times, three of which have drawn American retaliation. The analysis noted a recent Washington Post (Lean Left bias) report that said the Biden administration is struggling to deter attacks from Iran-backed groups and also noted that Saudi Arabia would side with the U.S. and Israel in the event of further escalation.

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