Washington wants more time to free more hostages and send more aid to civilians. Message to Iran: “We will do what is necessary to protect our troops”
US pressure to convince Israel to freeze the ground attack in the Gaza Strip. This is the scenario that CNN outlines based on information provided by two sources. Washington’s objective is to obtain the release of other hostages held by Hamas, after the liberation of 2 US citizens, and to encourage the sending of further aid to the civilian population through the Rafah crossing. “The administration has been pressing the Israeli leadership for a postponement given the progress on the hostage front,” a source said. CNN also reports a phrase uttered yesterday by President Joe Biden: “I’m talking to the Israelis”.
Fears of escalation
The wait-and-see line, however, must coexist with a very high-tension framework. The Israeli army is ready to launch the land offensive and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu explicitly warns Lebanon: if Hezbollah intervenes, the war spreads. And a potentially uncontrollable chain reaction is triggered, with Iran threatening to enter the scene.
”Israel has the right to defend itself. We must make sure they have what they need to protect their people, today and always,” Biden writes on of war. This means protecting civilians in combat as best we can.”
Biden emphasizes that ”we cannot ignore the humanity of the Palestinians innocent people who just want to live in peace. That’s why I got an agreement for the first shipment of humanitarian assistance for Palestinian civilians in Gaza. And we cannot give up on a two-state solution.”
USA-Iran, crossed messages
At the same time, the words of the Secretary of Defense, Isaac Austin, arrive. “We are concerned about a potential escalation. In fact, what we are seeing is a potentially significant increase in attacks against our troops and our people in the region. Precisely for this reason, we will do what is necessary to protect our troops and ensure that they have the capacity to respond,” he tells the ABC. “This further deployment sends another message to those who would like to broaden this conflict,” she adds.
Any reference to Iran seems evident after Tehran’s message: “The region will be out of control” if the genocide in the Gaza Strip is not put to an “end”, says Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian during a press conference with the head of South African diplomacy.
“I warn the United States and its representative (Israel, ed.) 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 spiral out of control,” says the minister Iranian.