escalation. Israel, Hamas, and the Gaza Strip risk becoming the cause of a much larger war, with unpredictable repercussions and consequences. The news of the past 24 hours paints a picture, if possible, of higher tension. Israel is preparing for a ground attack in the Gaza Strip, which may last for months, while the front in the north is also heating up, on the border with Lebanon, where Hezbollah is still an active party on the scene.
According to CNN, the United States, after the release of the two American hostages, is pressuring Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to freeze the attack.: Time is needed to move forward with Qatari-mediated negotiations and release the other hostages within a diplomatic framework that also includes providing aid to the civilian population in Gaza, with the entry of 17 more trucks from the Rafah crossing and with the aim of creating a continuous flow in the next few hours: “If Hamas intervenes and takes over… aid, it will make it very difficult to implement this aid, and will provide further evidence of Hamas’ lack of concern for the well-being of the Palestinian people.” says the new US envoy for the humanitarian situation in Gaza, David Satterfield.
Biden, a conversation with the Pope, then a phone call with leaders, including Meloni
United States President Joe Biden had a phone conversation of about 20 minutes with Pope Francis. The White House confirmed that during the conversation, Biden condemned the attacks launched by Hamas and stressed the need to protect the residents of the Gaza Strip.
The White House said that Biden “spoke about his recent visit to Israel and his commitment to ensuring the delivery of food, medicine, and other humanitarian assistance to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.” The White House said that the US President and the Pope “also spoke about the need to prevent escalation in the region and work to achieve lasting peace in the Middle East.”
In the Italian evening, a telephone meeting took place between the leaders of different countries. Prime Minister Georgia Meloni will participate in the meeting with Biden, along with British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron, and German Chancellor Olaf Schulz.
Iran and the United States, tension is rising
Escalation is the abyss to be avoided. However, Washington cannot ignore the signals coming from Tehran. Iran is the director of the anti-Israel network: Hamas, Hezbollah and the Houthis, who threaten Israeli ships from Yemen. In this maze, the United States is exposed to various threats, but they can ultimately be traced back to one source: Iran.
“We are concerned about possible escalation. Actually what? What we are seeing is a potentially significant increase in attacks against our forces And our people in the region. Precisely for this reason, we will do what is necessary to protect our forces and ensure that they have the ability to respond. The words of Secretary of State Antony Blinken are equally clear: the United States sees “the potential for an escalation of the war in the Middle East” due to “the actions of those acting on behalf of Iran.” .
This is the response to the message sent by Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian from Tehran at the beginning of the day: “The region will be out of control” if the genocide in the Gaza Strip does not “stop.” , He says. “I warn us Their representative (Israel, editor) said that if they do not immediately stop the crime against humanity and genocide in Gaza, anything is possible at any time and the region will get out of control.
Netanyahu warns Hezbollah: “Israel is ready to destroy Lebanon”
So the spotlight is on Gaza, as Israeli raids continue. But also on the border with Lebanon, with missile launches from Hezbollah and an Israeli response. Ultimately, Netanyahu issues something like an ultimatum. If Hezbollah militiamen decided to “go to war” with Israel, the armed forces’ response would be “unimaginable” and would be complete “destruction” for Lebanon. Netanyahu said during his meeting with Israeli soldiers deployed on the border with Lebanon: “I cannot tell you now whether Hezbollah will decide to go to war completely.”
Defense Minister Yoav Galant addresses soldiers at an air base. He said that eradicating Hamas from Gaza “may take a month, two or three months.” But Hamas will not exist in the endThe invasion of Gaza should be the last act “for the simple reason that Hamas will no longer be there.”
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