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Israel's Defense Minister “clears” Netanyahu – “No date set for ground attack on Rafah”

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Ο υπουργoς Αμυνα ς του Ισραorλ «αδειζει» τον Νετ&alpha νιαχου – «Δεν Εχει οριστεΙ ημερο&mu ;ηνλα για τη χερσαλα επλθεση στη Ρα&phi ;α»

What Yoav Galand said

Reports circulating in Israeli and American media point out that the Minister of Defense IsraelYoav Galland assured his US counterpart Lloyd Austin on Tuesday 9/4 that no date has yet been set for the launch of a large-scale ground offensive in Rafa.

What Yoav said Galland yesterday is the exact opposite of what Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the day before Monday, according to the sources citing the reports in the digital editions of two Israeli newspapers (Times of Israel, Haaretz) and an American news website. (Axios).

The day before yesterdayBenjamin Netanyahu announced that a date has been set – without revealing what it is – for the start of the attack on the city at the southern end of the Gaza Strip, on the closed border with Egypt, where some 1.5 million have taken refuge. Palestinians, the vast majority displaced from other areas of the enclave.

Instead, Mr. Gallant reportedly told Mr. Austin during their telephone conversation, as reported by the Athens News Agency, citing dpa, that Israeli plans for the rapid evacuation of civilians and the operation are still being finalized.< /p>

The US, Israel's most important ally at the international level, has repeatedly warned Israel against conducting such an operation in Rafah, estimating that it would have a heavy civilian toll. /p>

A meeting is planned next week to discuss the concerns of the US side, the head of US diplomacy, Anthony Blinken, said yesterday.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is under pressure from far-right ministers in his government to order an invasion of Rafah, according to ' this is the last stronghold of Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

After the withdrawal of units of the Israeli armed forces from Khan Yunis (south), the far-right Minister of National Security Itamar Ben Gvir announced yesterday via X that “if the prime minister decides to end the war without attacking Rafah to defeat Hamas, he will no longer have the mandate to continue serving as prime minister”.

A few hours later, Mr Netanyahu announced that date set. Yesterday he returned, promising that the Israeli army would destroy “all” Hamas battalions, not excluding those in Rafah. “No force in the world will stop us”, he lamented, arguing that “many forces are trying, but nothing will help (them)”.

source: newsbeast.gr

Source: 24h.com.cy

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