Fri 14 Jun 2024 11:03 am - Jerusalem Time

Washington: We did not witness a major Israeli military operation in Rafah

US State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said that the United States has not yet witnessed an Israeli launch of a major military operation in the city of Rafah in Gaza.

Miller said in a press conference for reporters that the Israeli military operations in Rafah are not of the same “size, scope, or operations in the city of Khan Yunis” or operations taking place elsewhere in Gaza. “It was a more limited operation.”

According to experts, and clarifications from the US administration itself, the United States backed away from the red lines that US President Joe Biden had set for the Israeli invasion of Rafah in his interview with the American network MSNBC on March 8, demanding an Israeli plan to guarantee the exit of citizens. 1.4 One million were safe before the invasion, followed by several meetings between American and Israeli officials to discuss an Israeli plan that could be accepted by the United States regarding storming the city.

Israel has been invading Rafah since May 7, which, according to figures provided by the United Nations, has led to the displacement of at least a million Palestinians who were sheltering there, forcing them to move to areas where there are little or no opportunities to obtain food, water, or food. Shelter. The United Nations has warned that more than one million people are expected to face “death and hunger by mid-July.”

It is noteworthy that Miller's statements came in conjunction with the incursion of Israeli tanks into the western part of Rafah (on Thursday), where the city was subjected to intense fire from helicopters, drones, and artillery in what residents described as one of the worst bombing operations in the region so far, according to what the newspaper reported. The Guardian.

The Biden administration has not yet slowed the flow of weapons in response, arguing that Israel has not yet carried out “major operations,” but Rafah residents described the level of fighting as devastating. A resident told AFP: “There was very intense fire from warplanes, Apaches, and quadcopters, in addition to Israeli artillery and military battleships, all of which were bombarding the area west of Rafah.”

Hamas said that its fighters were fighting Israeli forces in the streets of the city located on Gaza's southern border with Egypt.

The White House is now focusing on the “hostages for ceasefire” proposal presented by Biden on May 31 and approved by the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday. American officials said that Israel accepted the proposal, despite repeated statements by Netanyahu, who distanced himself from key parts of the agreement, and most importantly the mechanism through which the ceasefire would become a permanent end to the war.

Hamas has responded to the proposal with proposed amendments, some of which the United States says are negotiable, and others which it insists are unacceptable.

In a press conference at the beginning of the G7 summit in Italy, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan denied that the Israeli leadership “opposed the proposal or backed away from it.”

“To this day, they stand behind the proposal that was put on the table in late May and that President Biden described in his May 31 speech,” Sullivan said.

He added: "I think that Hamas' assertion that it has accepted this proposal, to the extent that it says so publicly, is not true." While some of the amendments are minor, Sullivan said: “Others are not consistent with what President Biden put forward or what the UN Security Council adopted.”

He added: "Our goal is to figure out how to work to close the remaining gaps and reach an agreement."


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Washington: We did not witness a major Israeli military operation in Rafah