The Biden administration has issued a statement. Israel to Invasion on the ground is delayed. GazaYou can hope to Buy time for hostage negotiation to Allow more humanitarian aid to Reaching Palestinians in the sealed off enclave is possible, according to Several U.S. officials.
American officials also want to extend the time. to Officials have warned that Iran-backed groups are likely to attack U.S. interest in the region. to The intensity of the first time. Israel Moves its full forces into Gaza.
The administration does not make a demand. Israel Still supports the ground invasion Israel’s goal of eradicating Hamas, the group controlling Gaza Officials said that terrorist attacks on October 7 killed approximately 1,400 people.
Hamas’s release of two American woman on Friday and the rapid pace at which events have unfolded since then has prompted the administration to take action. to Israelis need to be told more urgently that they should allow time to The officials stated that they were negotiating the release of another 212 hostages.
President Biden called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday afternoon to White House officials said they would discuss the latest news. Biden spoke as well to Leaders of Canada, France and Germany.
Both Mr. Biden, and Mr. Netanyahu, agreed that following the entry into the country of the first two humanitarian aid convoys. Gaza On Saturdays, there “will now be continued flow of this critical assistance,” The White House summarized the call. The leaders also “discussed ongoing efforts to secure the release of all the remaining hostages taken by Hamas — including U.S. citizens — and to provide for safe passage for U.S. citizens and other civilians in Gaza who wish to depart,” The White House has said.
Two U.S. officials confirmed the advice to The Israelis to Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III was advising to hold off on the landwar because the Pentagon is advising. Israel On military actions, such as the invasion of the ground.
Mr. Austin had almost daily phone calls with his Israeli equivalent, Yoav Glant. to Discuss operational issues regarding American arms shipments to Israel U.S. military operations to The region. One U.S. official stated that he has also spoken about the recovery of hostages being a priority.
A spokesperson for Mr. Gallant declined to Comment on the conversation.
A diplomat at the Israeli Embassy in Washington has denied that the U.S. Government is advising the Israelis to “Delay the invasion of the ground and said” “We have a close dialogue and consultations with the U.S. administration. The U.S. is not pressing Israel in regards to the ground operation.”
Officials with knowledge of hostage negotiations said that Hamas warned against a ground invasion, saying it would make the release of hostages less likely. Qatar has close ties to Hamas’s political leaders
U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken avoided answering directly when asked on CBS News’s “Face the Nation” On Sunday, the United States asked Israel to A ground invasion can be delayed to Allow time for negotiations. He did stress that the United States gave advice. to Israelis on invasion
“It’s important, as we said, not only what they do, but how they do it,” He said “particularly when it comes to making sure that civilians are as protected as they possibly can be in this crossfire of Hamas’s making.”
Mr. Blinken continues: “There are many, many Israelis who are hostages and of course, hostages from other nationalities. So we’re working to do everything we can, using whatever levers, partnerships, relationships we have to get them out. Israel is doing the same. But in terms of what we’re talking to Israel about with regard to their military operations, it really is focused on both how they do it, and how best to achieve the results that they seek.”
Mr. Blinken added that it was also important for more food and medicine to reach the area. GazaAs the humanitarian crisis intensifies, Israel After the attacks of Oct. 7, Israel cut off all water, electricity, and food to the two-million-strong coastal strip. The Israeli military maintains a naval blocade of Gaza Since 2007,
Officials in the United States say that they hope the ground invasion is delayed but are cautious about playing into the narrative Iran and its allies spread for years about the United States secretly directing Israel.
Already, there have been several drone attacks against U.S. troops in the area. U.S. officials have said this, giving the impression that Biden Administration officials are the ones who are pulling the strings. Israel This could lead the United States to a direct confrontation with Iran or pro Iran groups in the area.
“In fact we expect that there’s a likelihood of escalation, escalation by Iranian proxies directed against our forces, directed against our personnel,” Mr. Blinken said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “We are taking steps to make sure that we can effectively defend our people.”
The State Department has announced that they have ordered the departure of non-essential American government employees, including family members, from the U.S. Consulate and Embassy in Erbil and Baghdad. They have also raised the travel alert level in Iraq. to U.S. citizens are not allowed to go beyond Level 4. The Department of Homeland Security cited threats to “terrorism, kidnapping, armed conflict, civil unrest and Mission Iraq’s limited capacity to provide support to U.S. citizens.”
Officials in the United States fear that Iraqi militias, supported by Iran, will attack the approximately 2,500 U.S. soldiers currently stationed there and any other American institutions or citizens.
Even behind closed door, American officials carefully formulate their advice to The Israelis. When Mr. Biden met the Israeli war cabinet on his trip to Officials said that in Tel Aviv, last week, the president avoided asking Mr. Netanyahu for anything. In Tel Aviv last week, he avoided making requests of Mr. Netanyahu, officials said. to Iraq invasion to War in Afghanistan should be a long-term, unending conflict.