Netanyahu affirms launching Rafah attack regardless of US support

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
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TEL AVIV — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated on Thursday that Israel is hoping for US support to enter Rafah, emphasizing that Israel is determined to launch its attack alone if necessary, even without US support, Al-Mamlaka TV reported. اضافة اعلان

Following a meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Netanyahu expressed gratitude for Blinken's support over the past five months, stating, “'While I expressed hope for US support, I made it clear that if necessary, we would proceed independently.”

Israeli Member of the Security Cabinet, Benny Gantz affirmed Israel's commitment to continue military operations, including in Rafah. He also mentioned that Israel will continue facilitating humanitarian aid to the civilian population in Gaza.

The US has been pressuring Israel for weeks to refrain from invading Rafah. The city's population has surged to one and a half million people, with displaced individuals seeking refuge from the devastated areas in the north and center, fearing a humanitarian catastrophe.

Furthermore, Washington, as the primary political and military supporter of Israel since the war's outbreak, reiterated its criticisms of Israel for imposing restrictions on humanitarian aid entry and the significant civilian casualties in the Gaza Strip.

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