Green light for travel only after the Israeli Prime Minister’s approval for humanitarian measures in Gaza
The news had been anticipated for hours by the Israeli press, but the official announcement of US President Joe Biden’s mission to Israel, a very strong signal of Washington’s support for the response to the terrible Hamas attacks, only arrived during the night. In fact, the White House waited for Benyamin Netanyahu’s commitment to arrive for the package of humanitarian measures with which Antony Blinken returned to Israel yesterday after his tour of the countries of the region.
A assentreconstructs the Washington Post today, which is arrived after a 7 and a half hour negotiation marathon during which American and Israeli diplomats were in separate rooms and passed papers and proposals. At the center of the negotiations is the question of the arrival of humanitarian aid in the Gaza Striptrapped for days in the total siege declared by the Israelis which prevents the entry of food, medicines, fuel and therefore energy, and the creation of safe areas for Palestinian civilians, State Department sources explain.
It was lonely when Blinken received assurances on a deal that the mission was announced from Washington of the American president in Israel, which arrives while awaiting the announced start of the ground operation in Gaza. Biden will then go to Jordan, where he will meet King Abdullah II, Egyptian President Abdel Fatah El-Sisi and the President of the PNA, Mahmoud Abbas to discuss the humanitarian situation in Gaza, where over 2,800 Palestinians were killed and over 10,000 injured in the air raids launched by Israel immediately after the October 7 attacks.
Many believe Biden’s mission will further delay the start of Israeli forces’ entry into Gaza, although White House spokesman John Kirby denied that any assurances had been sought that this would not happen during the presidential visit. “We don’t give indications or operational orders to the Israelis,” he said, adding that “we don’t want escalation, we want to make sure that humanitarian assistance arrives.”
Regarding humanitarian measures, Blinken, despite expressing satisfaction with the agreement, did not provide many details, which probably indicates that differences remain between the allies, with Netanyahu having to deal with the exponents of the far right who sit in his government who want to indiscriminately create scorched earth in Gaza in response to Hamas attacks. While on the American side, he insists on the need to make a distinction between Hamas and Palestinian civilians.