March 4, 2024

Biden urges Netanyahu not to advance into Rafah, citing risk to civlians

Joe Biden has known as on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to maintain off invading Rafah till a plan is in place that might stop large civilian casualties.

Gazans fleeing Israel’s bombardment and navy advances have sought shelter in Rafah, a metropolis within the south of the Gaza Strip. An estimated 1.4m Palestinians are at the moment within the area after being displaced by Israel’s marketing campaign towards Hamas.

The White House launched a synopsis of a name between Mr Biden and Mr Netanyahu on Sunday.

Mr Biden reportedly “raffirmed his view that a military operation in Rafah should not proceed without a credible and executable plan for ensuring the safety and support for the more than one million people sheltering there,” in accordance to the White House report.

The request is without doubt one of the few situations through which Mr Biden has particularly requested that Israel maintain again on its navy motion in Gaza.

Palestinians verify destruction after an Israeli strike in Rafah, Gaza Strip, Saturday, Feb.10, 2024.

(AP Photo/Fatima Shbair)

The Biden administration made an analogous request in November when it requested Israel to keep away from “significant further displacement” of Palestinian civilians if it continued its floor marketing campaign in southern Gaza.

At the time, White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby mentioned that the Israelis have been receptive to US requests. However, the request did not curb Israeli development into the area or stop additional displacement.

Mr Biden has used marginally stronger language in current weeks when discussing Israel’s navy motion in Gaza; when reporters requested him about hostage negotiations at a current presser, he known as the continuing marketing campaign “over the top.”

“I’m of the view, as you know, that the conduct of the response in Gaza, in the Gaza Strip, has been over the top. I think that, as you know, the president of Mexico, Sissi” — referencing Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi — “did not want to open up the gate to allow humanitarian material to get in. I talked to him. I convinced him to open the gate. I talked to Bibi [Mr Netanyahu] to open the gate on the Israeli side.”

He went on to say he was “pushing really hard, really hard, to get humanitarian assistance into Gaza”.

“There are a lot of innocent people who are starving, a lot of innocent people who are in trouble and dying, and it’s gotta stop. Number one,” Mr Biden said.

More tha 28,000 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza since last October, according to its health ministry.

Despite Mr Biden’s insistence, Mr Netanyahu has indicated he plans to proceed with his planned invasion of Rafah, and said that an evacuation plan for the Palestinian civilians there is being prepared.

That puts the US in a vice between Israel and Saudi Arabia, which has warned of “very critical repercussions” for Israel in the event that they assault Rafah.

As Mr Netanyahu plans to enter Rafah, US officers are visiting the area making an attempt to negotiate a ceasefire to enable for hostage exchanges and humanitarian help to displaced Palestinian civilians.

Mr Netanyahu has not been receptive to the plan for a ceasefire.