The US wants Israel to deliver aid long-term

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A number of senators also decried the civilian casualties, saying the administration needs to do more to press Israel to protect the population in Gaza.
Last month, a United Nations-backed report warned that famine was looming in northern Gaza, where several hundred thousand Palestinians remain.
Austin said it remained to be seen if the increase in aid could be deepened and sustained.
We have seen changes in behavior, and we have seen more humanitarian assistance being pushed into Gaza,” Austin said in a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.
He said it was still being worked out who in Gaza will distribute the aid brought to the pier.
Blinken was asked whether Israel has informed the Biden administration of the date on which it plans to launch an invasion of the southern Gaza city of Rafah.
It is astounding to me that the world is almost deafeningly silent when it comes to Hamas,” Blinken said.
Where is the outrage there?” Sullivan said he believes Israel is prepared to agree to a ceasefire deal with Hamas.


While US Secretary of State Antony Blinken chastised the international community for failing to hold Hamas accountable, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Tuesday denied claims that Israel is committing genocide in Gaza. Both officials insisted that Israel must guarantee long-term improvements to the humanitarian situation in the enclave.

In testimony before the US Senate Armed Services Committee regarding US President Joe Biden’s most recent budget request, Austin stated, “We don’t have any evidence of genocide being created.”.

The comment was made just one day after social media leaked footage of Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren asserting that the International Court of Justice should find Israel guilty of genocide due to “ample evidence.”.

While referring to the horrors carried out by Hamas on October 7 as a “war crime,” Austin on Tuesday refrained from calling them a genocide. “.

Austin made his remarks during a meeting that was repeatedly interrupted by radical leftist demonstrators yelling at him to cease supplying Israel with weapons. With red-stained hands raised in the air, they cried out, “Stop the genocide.”. Senators who expressed outrage over the civilian deaths also said that more needed to be done by the administration to put pressure on Israel to safeguard the people of Gaza.

The hunger in Gaza would intensify the violence.

In retaliation, Austin stated that he discussed Monday’s developments with Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, and he reiterated US demands that Israel evacuate civilians from Gaza’s battle zone and provide for their needs.

Over 33,000 people in the Gaza Strip have died in fighting so far, according to the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry. This number cannot be independently verified and includes the approximately 13,000 Hamas gunmen that Israel claims to have killed in combat. Furthermore, Israel claims to have killed about 1,000 terrorists within its borders on October 7, the day that terrorists led by Hamas massacred about 1,200 Israelis and kidnapped another 253.

In northern Gaza, where several hundred thousand Palestinians still live, a famine warning was issued last month by a report supported by the UN. The US claims that due to the collapse of the humanitarian operation amidst the fighting, 100% of Gazans are experiencing acute food insecurity.

When asked how he thought this would affect the war, Austin said, “It will ensure a long-term conflict and accelerate violence.”. “.

Austin stated in court, “It doesn’t have to happen. We should keep doing everything we can, and we are doing this, to encourage the Israelis to provide humanitarian assistance.”.

According to Austin, it remained to be seen if the aid increase could be extended and sustained.

“It would just create more terrorism,” he continued, if Israel failed to keep the Palestinian people apart from Hamas. “.

Seven aid group employees were killed last week in an Israel Defense Forces strike on a World Central Kitchen convoy, which escalated Washington’s frustration with Israel’s handling of the humanitarian crisis. A later phone conversation between Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed that if Jerusalem didn’t take significant action to alleviate the humanitarian crisis, the US would stop supporting Israel’s war against Hamas.

Shortly after, the Israeli security cabinet decided to allow humanitarian supplies to enter Gaza from the north, permit ships to deliver supplies via its Ashdod Port, increase the number of aid convoys that enter through Jordan, and create stronger deconfliction procedures to safeguard aid workers.

The evidence is present in the product.

Austin informed the Congressional panel that although it seems that pressure is working to get Israel to provide better humanitarian aid to Gaza, more needs to be done and it is unclear whether the improvement will last.

“There was definitely a result. In a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, Austin stated, “We have observed behavioral changes as well as an increase in the flow of humanitarian aid into Gaza. “Hopefully, that pattern will hold. “.

Additionally, Austin stated that the US military is proceeding with plans to construct a pier off the coast of Gaza in order to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid, and that preliminary operations are likely to be prepared for launch by the third week of this month. Who in Gaza will distribute the aid brought to the pier, he said, is still being worked out.

Even ardent supporter of Israel and former House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan has put significant pressure on Biden to take further action to address the humanitarian crisis within his Democratic party. A group of thirty-odd progressive lawmakers wrote to Nancy Pelosi on Friday, requesting that arms sales to Israel be stopped.

Monday saw the arrival of more than 400 trucks carrying aid into Gaza, the highest number since the conflict, Blinken said at a joint press conference held at the State Department with visiting British Foreign Minister David Cameron. However, long-term outcomes are what count, and ensuring that the aid is efficiently dispersed throughout Gaza is part of that. “.

Later on Tuesday, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan commended Israel for its military withdrawal from Khan Younis, saying it “create[s] a greater opening for the movement of humanitarian goods around Gaza at a critical moment when there is a real humanitarian crisis there.”. “.

During a press conference at the White House, he states, “We welcome the opportunity to move more trucks in and around Gaza so that innocent civilians can get the food, water, medicine, and other essentials that they need.”.

Although 468 trucks were among the aid entering the Strip on Tuesday, he said the amount is still insufficient.

What date is Rafah?

Blinken was questioned about whether Israel had disclosed to the Biden administration the day it intends to invade Rafah, a city in southern Gaza.

Israel’s chosen date was declared on Monday by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Two days later, Blinken responded with the same statement, and hours later, US State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller claimed that the US had not been informed of the decision.

According to a Walla news report from Tuesday, Gallant told Austin that Israel had not actually selected a date for the Rafah operation. This suggests that Netanyahu’s announcement was more about keeping Hamas’s feet to the fire in the hostage negotiations or caving in to the demands of the premier’s right-wing base, which is calling for an invasion of the southernmost city in Gaza.

The Biden administration, according to Blinken, is still in talks with Israel about a possible operation in Rafah. The Biden administration has expressed its opposition to such an offensive because it believes the IDF will not be able to safely evacuate the approximately 1.5 million Palestinians who are sheltering in Rafah and provide for them once they have been moved.

“We’re having discussions with them regarding alternate and efficient methods of resolving the issues that need to be resolved, but doing so in a way that doesn’t put the innocent in danger,” Blinken stated, adding that a senior Israeli delegation will be in Washington the following week to continue the conversation.

“We are dedicated to guaranteeing that Hamas is unable to rule or dictate the future of Gaza or anything else for that matter, but it is extremely important that Israel conducts any further operations in Gaza,” he continued.

Cameron, for his part, stated that international powers need to prepare for the possibility that the current hostage negotiations may not succeed and that Israel may proceed with its operation in the southern Gaza city of Rafah.

The US, Qatar, and Egypt’s plan A is to broker a hostage exchange between Israel and Hamas in order to bring about a brief but hopefully permanent ceasefire in which terror infrastructure is destroyed and Hamas leaders are evacuated from Gaza. Cameron stated, “That is how you have a political process that ends the war.”.

The top British diplomat noted that he would be discussing the situation with Blinken. “We have to be aware that if it doesn’t work, we have to think about Plan B — what is it that humanitarian and other organizations can do to ensure that if there is a conflict in Rafah, that people can achieve safety — they can get food, water, and medicine,” he said.

pointing out the lack of international action against Hamas.

Regarding the ongoing discussions between Israel and Hamas to negotiate a hostage deal in order to achieve a truce, Blinken stated that the terrorist organization has made a “very serious offer” that “should be accepted.”. “.

“What [Hamas] really thinks about the people of Gaza, which is not much at all, is reflected in the fact that it continues to say ‘no,'” Blinken stated. The onus is now on Hamas. The whole world is observing to see what happens. “.

Subsequently, he vehemently attacked both the international community and the media, as every question posed by reporters implied criticism of Israel regarding its involvement in the humanitarian crisis.

“It’s understandable that a great deal of the outrage and anger over the situation of Palestinian civilians in Gaza is directed towards Israel, but some of it may also need to be directed towards Hamas.”. Blinken expressed his amazement at the near-complete silence surrounding Hamas in the world.

If Hamas hadn’t decided to carry out one of the most horrifying acts of terrorism on October 7 and then rejected offers for several months to stop hiding behind civilians, lay down their weapons, free hostages, and surrender, we would not be in this situation today. Where is the indignation in that instance?

According to Sullivan, Israel is willing to reach a cease-fire agreement with Hamas.

At a press conference held by the White House, Sullivan was questioned about what Biden’s inability to broker a deal before the start of the holy month—as evidenced by his inability to secure a hostage deal this week—says about his capacity to bring about global peace.

Sullivan answers, “It says more about the fact that you have a party, Hamas, [that] is holding innocent people that it took hostage six months ago.”. It receives little mention in the commentary. “.

“Let’s focus the attention where it belongs—that is, on the world announcing to Hamas that now is the right time to declare a ceasefire that could last for several weeks and be expanded upon if they are willing to release some of those people. Alright, let’s go. Let’s achieve that armistice. “.

“Hamas should be prepared to come to the table and show that it is ready, and I think Israel is,” he continued.

According to Sullivan, he spoke with Qatar’s prime minister on Monday morning and urged him to get a response from Hamas regarding the most recent offer for a hostage takeover that was made over the weekend.

This report was produced in collaboration with agencies.

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