Netanyahu asks the Army to organize an evacuation plan for civilians in Rafah earlier than attacking Hamas battalions | EUROtoday
After the United States confirmed its non-public and public rejection of an Israeli floor operation in Rafahsituated within the south of the Gaza Strip, that doesn’t take note of the scenario of its inhabitants, the overwhelming majority of whom are displaced because of the battle that started on October 7, the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, despatched a double message to its nice ally, but in addition to its apprehensive neighbor, Egypt.
On the one hand, he stays decided to make a incursin towards Hamas in that space close to the Egyptian border, as soon as the Army takes management of the additionally southern Jan Yunis and alternatively, it is not going to achieve this with out the prior evacuation of civilians in fight zones.
“Es impossible to achieve the goal of the war to eliminate Hamas leaving four Hamas battalions in Rafah. On the other hand, it is clear that intense (military) action requires the evacuation of the civilian population from combat zones,” explains the assertion from the top of Government that says: “For this reason, the prime minister has ordered the Army and the “the presentation to the cupboard of a mixed plan for each the evacuation of the inhabitants and the dissolution of the battalions”.
The declared objective of reaching Rafah to almost completely dismantle the organized armed force of Hamas (Israel claims that in four months it has dismantled “18 of the terrorists' 24 battalions”) may cause of dramatic scenarios: Without a significant evacuation of Rafah, the Israeli military incursion, which is often accompanied by airstrikes and fighting, would lead to death of a large number of Palestinian civilians. With a evacuacinthe humanitarian crisis will worsen since around 1.3 million Palestinians are in tents or houses in that area. In such a case, many may have to seek safe haven again for a second or third time.
The military offensive in response to the Hamas attack 126 days ago in southern Israel has led to the massive displacement of Palestinians from the north (where the incursion began) to the southern Gaza Strip. After stating that more than half of the population “was pushed in the direction of Rafah the place they’re crammed into makeshift shelters, in unsanitary situations, with out working water, electrical energy or ample meals provides,” the UN secretary general, Antonio Guterresrider see below demand for a truce “earlier than a big tragedy unfolds if we now have there (Rafah) the identical sort of depth of navy operations that we now have seen in Khan Younis or different components of the Gaza territory.”
The meeting with Blinken
But Netanyahu is not as concerned about the UN warning, seen in Israel, and now with the war even more so, as an anti-Israel organization, whether by Guterres or by its agencies such as the Palestinian refugee agency (UNRWA), as what I heard at the meeting with the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday in Jerusalemn.
President Joe Biden's emissary expressed the great concern by consequences of a raid on Rafah in the coming weeks, citing the two aspects to which the White House usually refers beyond its support for the offensive to “keep away from one other 7-0 by Hamas in Israel”: minimize the number of civilian casualties and the humanitarian crisis.
The next day, the deputy spokesman for the State Department, Vedant Patel, warned that his country would not support “the conduct of an operation with out severe and credible planning with regard to the multiple million individuals who take refuge there.” .
Hours later and not coincidentally, Netanyahu's statement arrived about the planning of an incursion into Rafah that could be avoided only if there is unprecedented pressure from the USthe death of Hamas leader Yahia Sinwar o a ceasefire agreement to guarantee the release of 136 kidnapped people.
His message provoked condemnation from Palestinian President Abu Mazen, who defined it as part of an Israeli plan “to forcibly expel the Palestinians from their lands.”
While, Egypt continues to reinforce its border with the Gazan territory in the face of the possibility of fleeing towards the Sinai. If he Tsh carries out a ground raid without agreeing with Cairo to take control of Rafah and the strategic Philadelphia Corridor (basic for Hamas' smuggling tunnels), the relacin bilateral could cross your biggest crisis since the peace agreement in 1979.
As a mediator in the truce negotiation and as a neighbor of Israel and Gaza, Egypt closely follows the fighting in Khan Younis, where the Army has taken control of numerous Hamas bases and facilities, including the tunnels. According to Israeli security sources, Sinwar is on the run in the tunnels. and, for 11 days, it has been disconnected. If so, it would have a great influence on the course of the Qatari-Egyptian mediation which, together with the US, is trying to reduce the differences between the parties for an agreement that is still far away.