Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is one of the controversial figures of the war in the Middle East. Since the beginning of the war, Netanyahu has been known for his rigid and clear positions, which he has no intention of changing. Often criticized by world politicians, but also by ordinary citizens, Netanyahu has no intention of changing his behavior in the future. It seems as if the criticism he receives every day is a motive for him to continue with the same policy and be even harsher. It's difficult to determine how wise that is at the moment...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated that the Israeli army would soon launch an operation in Rafah and promised to ensure safe passage for civilians, offering few details. Convinced of the victory of his people, Netanyahu is ready to completely stop Hamas and achieve his primary goal. However, the Israeli Prime Minister also spoke about civilians and his willingness to prevent the potential endangerment of civilians.
“Those who say that under no circumstances should we enter Rafah are saying, lose the war, keep Hamas there. We're going to get the remaining Hamas terrorist battalions in Rafah, but we're going to do it, and in this, I agree with the Americans, while providing safe passage for the civilian population so they can leave."- the Israeli Prime Minister said, as quoted by hindustantimes.
"Victory is within reach," he said.
"It's part of our war effort to get civilians out of harm's way; it's part of Hamas's effort to keep them in harm's way."
As he said, "We will do it" and we will provide the civilian population with safe passage so they can leave.
When questioned by reporters about the future of the Palestinians and their eventual destination, Netanyahu declared that they are currently developing a plan.
As could be expected, Netanyahu was immediately criticized after such announcements. World powers believe that this is not the best option, considering that it can deepen the conflict and create even greater consequences for both countries. The Israeli Prime Minister, on the other hand, has a slightly different attitude. He is convinced that his army can achieve its goal without civilian casualties.
One of the first countries to react was Saudi Arabia.
The Saudis demand an urgent session of the UN Security Council due to the announcement of the Israeli operation in Rafah.
Netanyahu thinks the criticism is unfair. He believes that many expressing dissatisfaction with his plans indicates that some countries want to see Israel fail.
The Prime Minister of Israel instructed the army to prepare for the evacuation of about 1.3 million people in the city. Many have already been displaced from other parts and say they have nowhere to go. This creates enormous anxiety among the Palestinians, who still have no plans for their future.
The US political leadership emphasized that this would not be the best plan for Israel and that it could cause catastrophic consequences. In addition, the countries of the European Union are also against the Israeli operation.
Joe Biden is concerned
The US president, Joe Biden, particularly expressed concern, given that Israeli operations without a clear strategy and goal could endanger the Palestinian civilian population. There is a huge fear that the Israelis will not respect what they announced. Joe Biden believes that the Israelis must ensure the safety of the Palestinian population, which is in a difficult position.
"Military operation in Rafah just really cannot proceed without a credible and implementable plan for ensuring the safety of and support for the more than 1 million people that are now sheltering there," the official said, as reported by asia.nikkei.com
Joe Biden and Benjamin Netanyahu had the opportunity to talk by phone and to determine what the Israeli Prime Minister's intentions are in the future. During the conversation, which lasted about 45 minutes, Biden warned Netanyahu to be careful about the next moves of the Israelis. Aware of the enormous pressure on the USA but also on the leading countries of the world, Biden wants to calm the situation and influence absolute peace to prevail in the Middle East, which is a very difficult task.
Biden knows that Netanyahu wants to stop Hamas, and he is ready to help him. On the other hand, the US president wants the civilian population to be protected, considering the large number of civilian victims in Palestine in the last few months. Biden does not want to see such a scenario again.
We will see how much the words of Biden influenced the Israeli Prime Minister. Netanyahu emphasized that he will respect what the US president said, but looking at some events from before, it is difficult to be optimistic that everything will pass without civilian casualties.