The United States officials claim that President Biden said the occupation of Gaza by Israeli forces would not be the right thing to do. National Security Spokesperson John Kirby said Joe Biden did not support the Israeli military occupation of the Gaza Strip after the war. Kirby told the reporters that, according to President Biden, military occupation in Gaza was not the right thing to do. Those remarks by the White House came after Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu argued that they would take the security control of Gaza after the war. He said Israel would take control for an unspecified time.
Netanyahu said the unexpected Hamas terror erupted when Israel did not have security control of the region. White House official John Kirby said a healthy set of conversations is needed to get a solution to what Gaza would look like after the war and what the governance structure would be there. He added they talked to their Israeli counterparts and agreed on what it could not look like, and he said Gaza would not look like it was on October 6. Furthermore, Kirby said US President Biden has previously said it would be a mistake if Israel occupied Gaza.
Israel initiated its ground and air assault on Gaza after Hamas started its attacks on Israel on October 7, killing more than 1400 Israelis and taking around 230 hostages. According to Palestinian health officials, more than 10,328 people were dead after Israeli attacks, and around 4,237 of them were children. Both Israel and Hamas have international pressure to ceasefire, but Israel said it would not halt until Hamas frees the hostages. On the other hand, Hamas rejected the ceasefire until Israel assaulted Gaza.
Israeli Forces Surrounded Gaza City
Israel has started its ground invasion and has been fighting Palestinian militants for more than a week, cutting the territory in half and surrounding Gaza City. Hamas spokesperson Abdel Latif al-Qanou has rejected the proposal to eject Hamas. He said the words of a White House official, John Kirny, were not more than fantasy. He shared a post on a Telegram channel saying that their people were made to resist and they would decide their future. Hamas has categorically denied the proposals to leave Palestine and hand it over to Israel. President Biden has previously said it would be a mistake for Israel to occupy Gaza.
Gaza is already considered an occupied state. Israel evacuated all its forces from Gaza in 2005, but even after that, it has all control over its waters, borders, and airspace. Israel has made Gaza a landlocked area surrounding it from almost all sides. In 1967, Israel captured a vast Palestinian area and then started enforcing a suffocating blockade on the territory it captured around 50 years back. An Israeli military spokesperson said they were now moving towards the ground targets and conducting operations in the main Gaza city and putting pressure on Hamas. Israel took another strike on Gaza on Tuesday, forcing hundreds more people to leave the city to the south.
People Were Forced To Leave The City
Some of the people leaving the city were on foot, some using carts, and some elders on wheelchairs. All looked exhausted, and most of them had nothing but clothes on their backs. An airstrike on Tuesday by Israel destroyed many more houses and killed many Palestinians, including children. Not only the bombardment, Israel has also imposed a complete siege on Gaza, blocking it from the outside world.
This landlocked area has been severely facing a lack of water, food, and health-saving supplies. Israel has also not allowed any kind of aid to enter Gaza. Recently, a small amount of supplies entered the region from the Egyptian side through Rafah Crossing, but United Nations chief Antonio Guterres has called that supply just a tiny amount before huge needs. Several states have urged Israel and Hamas to reach a ceasefire, but both sides refused to do so.