John Kirby Says U.S. Is Not ‘Dictating Terms’ For Israel’s Expected Gaza Ground Invasion | EUROtoday

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John Kirby, the National Security Council’s coordinator for strategic communications, on Monday, mentioned the Biden administration will not be “dictating terms” for Israel’s anticipated floor offensive in Gaza to wipe out the Hamas militant group following their brutal Oct. 7 assault.

Reports have prompt that the U.S. has known as on Israel to chorus or not less than delay its floor invasion to deal with lingering points, together with the about 200 hostages that stay in Hamas’ custody, together with U.S. residents, and the worsening humanitarian disaster within the besieged territory.

So far, the group has launched 4 captives, together with two Americans and two Israeli older ladies. Biden administration officers additionally fear that the battle may escalate past the area.

While Kirby didn’t instantly weigh into the stories concerning the U.S. pushing to delay the offensive, he mentioned the White House has talked to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s authorities about some issues to think about beforehand.

“I can tell you, we have, since the beginning of the conflict, in the early hours, maintained a level of communication with our Israeli counterparts to ascertain their intentions, their strategy, their aims to see what their answers are to the kinds of tough questions that any military ought to be asking before you launch any kind of a major operation,” Kirby informed White House reporters.

“Have you thought through the branches? Have you thought through the sequels? Have you thought through the unintended consequences?” he requested. “And so, we are in active conversation with them about that.”

Asked if the White House helps the view that they need to invade Gaza at any time when they really feel prepared, Kirby mentioned the U.S. is definitely not “in the business of dictating terms” to the Israelis.

U.S. administration officers have informed The New York Times that they’re fearful Israel lacks a transparent, possible plan for its sophisticated army operation.

Lt. Gen. James Glynn has reportedly been deployed to Israel to assist their forces plan forward of what’s anticipated to be a difficult battle given the huge underground tunnel community Hamas operates in Gaza.

Following the Oct. 7 assault Hamas launched in Israel, the nation has responded with relentless airstrikes, with Netanyahu pledging to destroy Hamas.

Biden spoke to Netanyahu on Monday, reiterating “the need to sustain a continuous flow of urgently needed humanitarian assistance into Gaza,” based on a readout of their name.

So far, over 5,000 Palestinians have been killed within the battle, the Hamas-run Health Ministry has confirmed, based on The Associated Press. Israeli authorities have mentioned over 1,400 of their residents have been killed, a lot of the civilians focused by Hamas on Oct. 7.

The majority of Israelis seem to assist a floor invasion, based on a ballot printed by the Ma’ariv newspaper final week.