Growing rift between U.S and Israel regarding ground invasion

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WASHINGTON – News reports that several U.S. sources have pointed out intensive discussions taking place between officials from President Joe Biden's administration and the Israeli officials regarding plans for a ground war. There are indications that there is a growing rift between the two administrations with U.S policymakers increasingly worried about the repercussions of Israel launching a ground invasion. اضافة اعلان

According to Khaberni, U.S officials have asked Benjamin Netanyahu to delay the invasion to allow time for negotiations for the release of more hostages held by Hamas.

Four top Israeli defense officials have indicated that the ground invasion has been postponed multiple times, with leaks suggesting ongoing negotiations for the release of 50 hostages from several countries, including Israeli citizens.

The U.S. administration is increasingly concerned about the Israeli commitment to international laws and avoiding further civilian casualties, especially considering that the Israeli Defense Minister, Yoav Gallant, supports a wide-scale military operation that includes Hezbollah in the north and Gaza in the south, which contradicts Netanyahu's position. At the same time, there are growing international calls for the entry of more humanitarian aid trucks to reach civilians in Gaza.

Israeli writer and professor Doron Matza said that the two main objectives set in the early days of the current war in the Gaza Strip, which are dismantling Hamas's military capabilities and restructuring the strategic situation in the Middle East, have never been farther away than they are today.

He mentioned that Israel will not be able to win "at least not at the current time," acknowledging that this statement is difficult and certainly not popular but recognizing reality is better than clashing with it and causing a high-profile uproar.

Regarding the pause in the ground operation, he stated that the main reason for delaying the ground move is understanding that has deepened over time that attempting to frame the war as a local conflict between Israel and Hamas has failed. He also emphasized that it is ultimately a regional, wide-ranging war with international implications.

He explained that the start of a ground maneuver would immediately lead to an expansion of the regional campaign. The Lebanese Hezbollah organization has been engaged in this campaign since the third day of the fighting and will escalate in terms of geographical range and intensity by using missiles and drones, and other factors include the involvement of the Houthi rebels in Yemen or Iranian-backed militias in Syria, and possibly Syrians as well.

He noted that the common assessment that Iran has no interest in a wide-ranging war is baseless, and although Iran may not have really wanted the war to break out, it has no interest in not going along with the tide and reaching a situation that allows it to destroy the Abraham Accords and destroy the "economic paradise" that Israel has built for itself in the Middle East over the last decade and a half.

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