Joe Biden opposes an offensive on Rafah

Joe Biden opposes an offensive on Rafah
Joe Biden opposes an offensive on Rafah

After a new telephone interview this Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, United States President Joe Biden once again affirmed his opposition to a vast offensive by the Israeli army in Rafah, in the south of the Strip. Gaza. “The president reiterated his clear position on Rafah,” the White House said in a statement. Last April, Joe Biden had already spoken with the Prime Minister, assuring that invading Rafah would be a “mistake”.

For several weeks the United States has been openly concerned about the consequences of such an attack. “We do not want a major ground operation in Rafah,” National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told the press last week. “We certainly don’t want operations that don’t take into account the safety and security of those 1.5 million people who are trying to find refuge there. We have made this known to our Israeli counterparts privately and publicly, and nothing has changed on this matter. »

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While Hamas has just accepted a ceasefire proposal, Israel launched an operation on Monday aimed at evacuating tens of thousands of Palestinian families from the eastern city of Rafah, the question of support from the United States to the Israeli state is increasingly posed across the Atlantic. For many years, America has been by far the main arms supplier to Israel. But this could well be called into question if Benjamin Netanyahu continues this offensive in Rafah. On April 1 and following the attack on a convoy of the American NGO World Central Kitchen, the American president warned that he would, if necessary, be required to “modify” his policy towards of Israel, without however saying more and, above all, in what way.

In the middle of the presidential campaign, Joe Biden is neck and neck with Donald Trump and he is increasingly criticized for his unconditional support for the state of Israel. Last Wednesday, a group of nearly 90 Democratic members of the House of Representatives asked, by letter, Joe Biden to consider suspending offensive arms sales to Israel due to concerns over continued restrictions on the delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza. In the letter, the 88 Democrats wrote that they strongly support Israel’s right to self-defense, but that there is sufficient evidence that Israel does not guarantee the sending of humanitarian aid to Gaza. This request comes in a tense climate as the country is shaken by numerous intense pro-Palestinian demonstrations on university campuses.

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