Will Biden's Visit Delay Gaza Invasion? Israelis Say All is On Track

US President Joe Biden's forthcoming visit to Israel has taken center stage as regional tensions mount.

by Faruk Imamovic
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Will Biden's Visit Delay Gaza Invasion? Israelis Say All is On Track
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US President Joe Biden's forthcoming visit to Israel has taken center stage as regional tensions mount. While concerns arise that his arrival might exacerbate the situation, the Israeli military remains optimistic that the visit will not delay any prospective ground invasion of Gaza.

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Israel Defense Forces (IDF) international spokesperson Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus highlighted Biden's backing of Israel's objectives in the region. Speaking to CNN’s John Vause, Conricus expressed his belief that Biden stands firmly behind Israel's efforts to counter Hamas. “I think the president also said that ‘Hamas needs to be destroyed,’ and that is exactly our military aim," he affirmed.

President Biden's tour will be closely preceded by the diplomatic endeavors of US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in the Middle East. Blinken, who recently visited Jordan, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates, held crucial discussions not only with Israeli and Palestinian leaders but also with top officials of neighboring countries that exert significant influence over the Palestinian territories.

Upon his return to Israel, the Secretary of State dove deep into conversations about the unfolding events in Gaza and southern Israel. Recent Developments and Casualties Tensions took a grim turn as the Palestinian Ministry of Interior reported that Israeli airstrikes resulted in the death of at least 28 individuals in Rafah early on Tuesday.

However, the IDF stopped short of confirming its involvement in the airstrikes in these specific areas. Addressing the issue, Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus stated, “I'm not aware of any strikes specifically in those areas but they could have happened”.

He emphasized that their operations are geared towards targeting Hamas operatives to curtail their military prowess. “The combat operations continue. We continue to hunt Hamas operatives to attempt to degrade their military capabilities,” Conricus added.

Describing the ongoing military actions as “the war that has been forced upon us,” Conricus emphasized Israel's commitment to conducting operations in line with the laws of armed conflict, while also striving to minimize civilian casualties.

In conclusion, as the Middle East witnesses a complex interplay of diplomacy and military strategy, the international community will be closely monitoring President Biden's forthcoming visit, hoping it may pave the way for peace or, at the very least, a reduction in hostilities.

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