- U.S. President Joe Biden has warned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu against launching a military operation in the Palestinian city of Rafah.
- Biden has said that such an operation would likely result in a “humanitarian crisis” and has urged Netanyahu to “find a peaceful resolution” to the conflict.
- The United Nations has also voiced its opposition to a military operation in Rafah, warning that it could lead to a “bloodbath”.
- Despite the warnings, Netanyahu has said that he is “determined” to go ahead with the operation, and that plans are still being finalized.
The potential for a military operation in Rafah has raised concerns about a wider escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The city is located in the Gaza Strip, which has been under Israeli blockade for more than a decade.
In recent months, there has been an increase in violence between Israelis and Palestinians. In May 2021, an 11-day war between Israel and Hamas, the Islamic militant group that controls Gaza, resulted in the deaths of more than 250 people.
The Biden administration has said that it is committed to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but it has also expressed its support for Israel’s right to “defend itself”.
It remains to be seen whether Biden’s warnings will be enough to deter Netanyahu from launching a military operation in Rafah. If he does go ahead with the operation, it could have serious consequences for the region.