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"We’re not asking to check their homework", Pentagon says about Israel’s Rafah plans

Rafah came up at press conferences at the White House and Pentagon, as well as in conversations with the U.S. secretaries of defense and state.

The U.S. Defense Department is unaware of any plans presented to Washington for review about how Israel would aim to protect Palestinian civilians in Rafah during a ground invasion, a Pentagon spokeswoman said at a press conference on Thursday.

“We’re not asking to check their homework,” said Sabrina Singh, deputy Pentagon press secretary.

“What we’re asking them to do is put forward a credible plan that they will be able to, as we have said in many conversations, protect the over one million innocent Palestinians that are there,” Singh said.

The Pentagon spokeswoman added that any “credible plan” would have to account for food, medicine and “services” for Palestinians.

“How are you going to provide those as you move a population? I know that’s something that they’re working through,” she said. Austin “remains engaged” with Yoav Gallant, the Israeli defense minister, “not just at his level, but levels here at this building and throughout the interagency,” she added. “But I’m just not going to get ahead of any plans that Israel is working on right now.”

Also on Thursday, Lloyd Austin, the U.S. secretary of defense, discussed “Israel’s operations against Hamas in Khan Younis” with Gallant, per a Pentagon readout of their call.

“The secretary raised the need for a credible plan to ensure the safety of and support for the more than one million people sheltering in Rafah before any military operations proceed there,” according to Singh.

The two “discussed efforts to secure the release of all remaining hostages” and Austin “raised the need to improve the deconfliction process with humanitarian groups and to ensure more aid reaches Palestinian civilians, as looting and violence hinder access to humanitarian convoys in Gaza.”

Gallant briefed Austin “on operational developments in the war against the Hamas terrorist organization and detailed progress in dismantling terror infrastructure and eliminating operatives in central and southern Gaza,” per an Israeli readout of the meeting. The Israeli minister “also discussed future operations, emphasizing the IDF’s commitment to operating in accordance with international humanitarian law.”

“The IDF is operating professionally, in a complex environment against a brutal terrorist organization that embeds its military infrastructure and operatives among the civilian population and sensitive civilian institutions such as hospitals,” Gallant stated.


Photo credit: Joseph Clark/U.S. Department of Defense.

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[Anonymous] 22:37 25.02.2024
The Christians that support Israel warm my heart. Am Yisrael Chai
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You must destroy hamas or be destroyed. Next is the other satan hezbe
[Anonymous] 03:09 24.02.2024
The IDF is always doing the work in the best possible way of achieving its goals.
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