Israel Palestine Conflict: On Wednesday, Joe Biden, the vice president of the United States, is scheduled to travel to Israel. At the same time, Israel claims it is prepared to strike Gaza on the ground. Biden will “reaffirm solidarity” with Israel during his visit, according to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who made the announcement.
A Critical Visit to Israel Amid Regional Tensions
“On Wednesday, the President of the United States will visit Israel. He’s coming here at a critical moment for Israel, for the region, and for the world. (sis),” Blinken said. Specifically, Biden will stress that “Israel has the right and indeed the duty to defend its people from Hamas and other terrorists and to prevent future attacks,” the source continued. The US government has already promised to back Israel militarily and has dispatched US aircraft carriers and aid to the area.
Israel and US Have Agreed to Provide Help to Gaza
The US President will receive a briefing on Israel’s war objectives and tactics, as well as how they plan to execute the operations “in a way that minimises civilian casualties and enables humanitarian assistance to flow to civilians in Gaza in a way that does not benefit Hamas,” according to Blinken. The top US official said that Israel and the US have agreed to provide help to Gaza while he was in Tel Aviv. On Monday, Blinken spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other key officials for more than seven hours.
UN Security Council Rejects Gaza Truce Resolution Amidst Varying Perspectives
The United Nations Security Council rejected a Russian-drafted resolution that demanded a humanitarian truce in the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. In addition to condemning violence against civilians and all acts of terrorism, the Russian resolution demanded the release of captives, access for humanitarian aid, and the safe evacuation of civilians. Hamas was not specifically mentioned.Five people voted in favour of the resolution, four against it, and six others abstained.
Humanitarian Crisis Deepens as Aid Trucks Await Entry at Gaza’s Only Access Point
Truckloads of aid for Gaza are stopped at the Egyptian border while they wait for the Rafa gate to open, which is Gaza’s only access point to Egypt. Martin Griffiths, the head of the UN’s humanitarian department, described the situation as “the worst of times” and said that they are having “deep discussions” with the Egyptians, Israelis, and other parties involved. Griffiths also expressed his hope for “some good news” in the near future. Additionally, food and water shortages in Gaza are prompting despair and fear due to trucks stranded in Egypt.