Macron resists and insists Netanyahu attack Rafa

French President Emmanuel Macron, in a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday, stressed the need to “open the port of Ashdod and the direct land route from Jordan and all crossings” for humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip.

Netanyahu replied to Macron during the conversation: “We will fight until complete victory, and that includes a strong operation in Rafah, after we allow civilians to leave the war zones.”

A humanitarian disaster

Macron “expressed France's firm opposition to the Israeli attack on Rafah, which would lead to a humanitarian disaster of unprecedented scale, as happens with every forced displacement of people, which would be a violation of international humanitarian law and would increase the regional risk. Escalation,” it said. In a statement released by the Elysee Palace.

“It is essential to reach without further delay a cease-fire agreement guaranteeing the safety of all civilians and the entry of large-scale emergency aid,” the French president stressed.

The French president stressed the need to “stop” Israeli military operations in the besieged area because the “human toll and the humanitarian situation” had become “unbearable”.

He called for the “opening of the port of Ashdod and a direct land route from Jordan” to aid the Gaza Strip, adding that the lack of humanitarian aid was “unjustifiable”.

Halevy opposes the cessation of hostilities

But Netanyahu's response to Macron is not the only confirmation that Israel continues its operation in Rafah despite all international warnings. Israel Public Radio reported on Wednesday that Israeli army chief Herzi Halevi expressed his opposition to a long-term “cease of hostilities” as part of a possible deal with Hamas.

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The radio pointed out that Halevy expressed this position during the last session of the Israeli government, and stressed that, based on operational considerations, “a long-term suspension of the war on Gaza would affect the war against Hamas and could prolong the war for years.”

According to the report, Halevy said in a closed session of the government meeting: “We are at war speed. Once we stop military operations, Hamas will act as if there is more time. Then we can enter the fighting. It can go on for years instead of months, and the process will drag on.” .

Halevi pointed out that his position does not mean that the Israeli army “doesn't know how to return to fighting.” He said: “We will do it because it is very important to us, but it will be very difficult.” Note that the proposal discussed with the mediators suspends hostilities for a period of 6 weeks during the first phase of a possible agreement.

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