Former National Security Council Deputy Director Eran Etzion has leveled serious accusations against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, alleging that he avoided meeting with air force troops to escape criticism. This development comes amid escalating tension in the region and raises questions about the leadership's handling of military affairs.
Avoidance of Criticism or Operational Caution?
According to Etzion, who expressed his concerns on X, an apparent effort was made to shield Netanyahu from potential backlash during his visit.
"Evacuate the unit of its personnel.This account was further substantiated by a report in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, stating that reservists from the Shaldag and 669 units were asked to leave the premises ahead of Netanyahu's visit.
Visit empty hangars. Pose with SUVs and classified vehicles," Etzion described the scenario.
The directive, as alleged by the reservists, was to mute any criticism of the Prime Minister. A public letter from former members of Unit 669 criticized the decision for Netanyahu's visit, arguing that it could disrupt operational focus.
The letter, as quoted by Haaretz, suggested that the Prime Minister should concentrate on managing what they termed "the biggest crisis in the nation’s history," which occurred under his leadership.
UN's Concerns Over Humanitarian Operations in Gaza
Martin Griffiths, the UN humanitarian affairs coordinator, shared his insights into the ongoing conflict in Gaza.
Initially, there was hope that the war's shift to southern Gaza would bring a more precise approach to combat. However, Griffiths noted in his conversation with Al Jazeera that the reality was different.
"The assault on southern Gaza has been no less than the north.The situation has led to a unique challenge for UN aid workers in the region, described by Griffiths as "humanitarian opportunism." This approach, unlike typical humanitarian operations that ensure dependability and safety for both aid workers and recipients, is not viable in southern Gaza due to the ongoing conflict.
It’s raging through Khan Younis at the moment, and it is threatening Rafah," he said, highlighting the intensified military actions in these areas.
"Those conditions don’t exist in southern Gaza," Griffiths concluded, painting a grim picture of the challenges faced in providing aid and ensuring safety in the conflict-stricken area.