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Is Israel really capable of continuing its offensive on Gaza “alone” ?

Joe Biden threatened to suspend the delivery of certain weapons à Israel, after IDF incursions east of Rafah. In response, Benjamin Netanyahu assured: that he would continue à fight "alone", without help from the United States.

"If we must stand alone, we will stand alone. I already have it. said, if necessary, we will fight with our nails, affirmed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Thursday May 9, in a press release. A statement in response to the most severe warning from the United States since the beginning of the United States. purpose of the conflict: American President Joe Biden threatened for the first time to suspend the delivery of certain weapons to Israel, of which Washington is the primary military supporter. In question, the military operationé Rafah, in the south of the Gaza Strip. "If'they enter Rafah, I will not hand over to them the weapons that have always been theirs. “used (…) against cities”, declared" the tenant of the White House in an interview with the channel CNN broadcast on Wednesday May 8. Last week, the United States had already suspended delivery à Israel's 1,800 2,000-pound bombs (907 kg) and 1,700 500-pound bombs (226 kg) nbsp;kg)”, a suspension confirmed this Thursday by a senior American official. 

Does Israel have enough weapons? ?

But does the Jewish state have the capacity to continue its offensive on Gaza and Rafah “alone”? ?  The IDF claims to have the weapons necessary to carry out clearly its objective on the Gaza Strip, including Rafah.'The army "has enough weapons to accomplish its mission& Rafah,” assured Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari, army spokesperson, on Thursday. Already on May 2, Benjamin Netanyahu had estimated that the Jews should be able to "defend themselves" because "no one will protect them". 

Within the Israeli government, voices are rising to support Benjamin Netanyahu's position. Finance Bezalel Smotrich, placed&eac; à the far right of the political spectrum and in favor of an offensive on Rafah, assured that his country "would obtain total victory in this war despite" President Biden's setback and the arms embargo. Same story for the Minister of Defense, Yoav Gallant. "I address the enemies of Israelël as well as'& our best friends: the State of Israel cannot be subjugated, the armed forces and the apparatus of destruction “Defense neither,” he declared, during a speech to the National Assembly. on the occasion of a ceremony, Thursday May 9. And add: "We will remain firm, we will succeed in achieving this. our goals: we will hit Hamas, we will hit Hezbollah and we will achieve security.

Despite; the threat from the United States, Israel continued its offensive and its strikes on Rafah. Since May 7, the IDF has deployed tanks in Rafah, where There are 1.4 million Palestinians, and taken control of the border crossing with Egypt, where was the main entry point for humanitarian aid convoys. The head of American diplomacy,  Antony Blinken, "expressedé the support of the United States à the reopening of the Rafah crossing point and the continuation of the delivery of urgent humanitarian aid" through the voice of its spokesperson. But for the ambassador of Israel ëagrave; the UN, Gilad Erdan, the threat and the position of Joe Biden are "difficult & to hear and very disappointing.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116