United States: No Support for Israeli Attack on Rafah

Matthew Miller confirmed that the United States will not support Israel's offensive on Rafah

by Sead Dedovic
United States: No Support for Israeli Attack on Rafah
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State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller confirmed that the United States will not support Israel's offensive on Rafah. The U.S. leadership believes that such an attack scenario on Rafah would have enormous consequences for the Palestinian people. 

The greatest fear is the increase in civilian casualties, but besides that, there are numerous problems that Palestinians could face. 

U.S. President Joe Biden stated several months ago that he would not support such an operation and that ensuring the safety of civilians is paramount. 

The IDF has ordered the evacuation of the eastern quarters in Rafah. Miller decided to respond, emphasizing the potential consequences that would be unfavorable for anyone at this time.

“The problem now is there are such limited places for them to go inside Gaza and there is no effective way to distribute aid to them and make sure they have access to shelter, access to sanitation, in the places that they would go.”- Miller said, as quoted by Times of Israel.

Miller isn't pleased with the fact that the U.S. has decided to halt Al Jazeera operations in the country. This only promotes greater fear and demonstrates that democracy does not prevail where it should. Matthew Miller hopes that the Israelis will carefully analyze Hamas's ceasefire plan and make a rational and correct decision for all. Ceasefire should be a priority, but it doesn't seem that Israelis are particularly open to such a thing.

"The United States is quite concerned about Israel's decision to cease Al Jazeera operations in the country. We have made it clear that we support media freedom around the world, including in Israel," said State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller.

It is difficult at this moment to assert which news is true and which is not. Namely, a few hours ago it was confirmed that Hamas has accepted the terms for achieving a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip. In Hamas's statement, they claim that Brother Mujahid Ismail Haniyeh, the head of the political bureau of the Hamas movement, had the opportunity to speak with the Qatari Prime Minister and the Egyptian Minister, informing them of Hamas's approval of the movement's proposal regarding the ceasefire agreement.

Shortly thereafter, new information emerged indicating that Israeli leaders have changed their minds, considering the peace proposal too lenient. Israeli officials warn not to take Hamas's announcement of accepting the ceasefire agreement at face value. 

Israelis emphasize that the conditions accepted by Hamas are not those to which Israel has agreed. Israelis believe that Hamas is attempting manipulation at this moment, aiming to portray themselves as the "good guys" in the whole story. 

Hamas Faces Decisive Moment in New Ceasefire Negotiations
Hamas Faces Decisive Moment in New Ceasefire Negotiations© Getty Images/Kent Nishimura

Israelis are not happy with this development, stressing that Hamas wants to portray Israelis as the party refusing the agreement. 

There are still some indications that Israelis are ready for peace and are currently analyzing whether the conditions set are favorable to them.

After Hamas's announcement, the Palestinian people decided to take to the streets and celebrate such news. However, at this moment, it seems that Palestinians don't have too many reasons to celebrate, as the Israeli side has not yet confirmed its readiness for a ceasefire. 

Much is happening in a short period, so it's difficult to draw a definite conclusion about what to expect in the next few hours. The last thing we all want to see is Israel launching an offensive on Rafah and the number of civilian casualties increasing. Such an option must not become a reality, and now it's up to world leaders who must take things seriously like never before.

Israelis are protesting in Tel Aviv because of Netanyahu's actions

What can bring joy to the world is that Israelis are protesting in Tel Aviv to urge Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to accept the ceasefire agreement. The voices of families of Israeli hostages are particularly loud, wishing for their children to return home safe and sound. Israelis believe that Netanyahu must demonstrate his courage and leadership qualities when it matters most.

The question, however, is how much, on the other hand, Netanyahu is willing to listen to the voices of the Israeli citizens who suffer the most and are concerned about their loved ones. The Israeli Prime Minister has shown to be one of the politicians who blindly pursue their goals, without giving much thought to the consequences.

Israelis view Netanyahu's actions as playing with human lives. Hamas continues to hold hostages, and if a ceasefire is reached, these hostages will be released. 

From the first day of the conflict, the Israelis emphasized their intention to completely destroy Hamas. Now it is perhaps more important that they try to achieve peace, rather than thinking about destroying the other side. 

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