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Israel marks six months of fighting in Gaza, with dwindling backing from senior US officials.

Six months of fighting in Gaza

By SamarPublished about a month ago 3 min read
In Rafah, southern Gaza, Palestinians assess the damage caused by an Israeli airstrike to residential buildings.

Washington, DC (TND) — As Israel observed the passing of six months since large groups of Hamas terrorists carried out a horrific terror attack on communities close to the Gaza border, the United States and other countries are showing less and less support for the nation.

Although the destruction campaign launched by Israel against the Gaza Strip, a region roughly the size of Manhattan with a million more people living there, has drawn criticism from many nations and politicians, President Joe Biden calling it "over the top" while others have sued the Jewish State for genocide, it appears that the missile strike that killed seven volunteers from the World Central Kitchen (WCK) turned the tide.

In a Thursday phone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu, Biden threatened to rescind any further military assistance from the United States to Israel unless the latter guaranteed the entry of humanitarian supplies into Gaza and the security and safety of the relief workers.

For the first time since the start of the war, Biden made a bold move by openly and proudly identifying as a "zionist" in order to influence the supply of weapons and military hardware to Israel.

Following up on the president's remarks, White House National Security Communications Advisor John Kirby stated that Israel needed to take "more" action during his Sunday morning appearance on "Face the Nation."

Regarding the breakdown in communication between the WCK and the Israeli Defense Forces, Kirby stated, "Clearly, this broke down, no question about it."

The remarks from Kirby and Biden of the White House coincide with accusations from other humanitarian organizations that the Israeli military has a pattern of attacking workers of non-governmental organizations and humanitarian aid in less lethal but no less damaging ways than it did the World Cancer Institute.

At a press conference in Geneva, Switzerland, on Thursday, Doctors Without Borders (or Médecins Sans Frontières as it is more widely known) Secretary-General Christopher Lockyear stated, "We do not accept it," in response to the IDF's description of the WCK attack as a "regrettable incident."

In the past six months, more than 200 humanitarian workers have lost their lives in Gaza, joining the more than 33,000 Gazans who have already perished as a result of Israeli airstrikes and other military actions. The Gaza Health Ministry, which is under Hamas control, releases the death toll, but neither the United States nor the United Nations has refuted the estimates. Nor do they dispute that Rafah, the southernmost and last comparatively standing city in the region, is now home to over 1.4 million people, representing over 85% of the total population of the Manhattan-sized area that has been forced to flee.

Concerned by Netanyahu's plans to move forward with a ground invasion of Rafah, which could potentially be catastrophic for the hundreds of thousands of internally displaced refugees there, activists and officials are worried that Israel is pulling out all but one division from the Gazan city of Khan Younis on Sunday, citing "rest and refit" as the reason.

Kirby emphasized the opposition of the United States to such a plan, repeating remarks made for weeks by the White House that Netanyahu needed a plan to deal with the humanitarian crisis there before launching a military campaign. Congressmen, however, worry that Biden has not adequately explained to the American people or to them in private what would happen if the Israeli leader carried out his plan and/or did not provide the appropriate protections for aid workers that the White House has demanded.

Other members have gone so far as to call on Biden to remove military assistance that he had already blocked off and scheduled for delivery, along with a group of Democratic lawmakers.

Even worse news for Netanyahu: it seems that the once-staunch and devoted ally, former President Donald Trump, is abandoning the Israeli leader despite Biden joining, if hazily, the activists' months-long calls for a ceasefire in Gaza.

During a Thursday radio interview with conservative pundit Hugh Hewitt, Trump claimed that Israel was "losing the PR war."

At the end of March, he made even more stark remarks for the Israeli newspaper Hayom, saying he believed that support for the Jewish state was dwindling.


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