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Israel’s Prime Minister Criticizes Military’s Ceasefire Plan for Gaza Aid Delivery

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It seems that the Deep State is in charge the entire time. If the military says they will play ceasefire games, Netanyahu is the last to know it seems.

Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has openly criticized the military’s recent announcement of temporary ceasefires on a primary route into Gaza, meant to allow for the delivery of humanitarian aid. These “tactical pauses” are scheduled to occur daily from 8 am to 7 pm local time in the Rafah area, aimed at enabling safe transit for aid trucks from the Israel-managed Kerem Shalom crossing to the Salah a-Din highway. This route facilitates aid distribution throughout Gaza and is coordinated with the UN and international aid agencies.  Does the military truly tell Netanyahu what to do? It looks as if this is the case.

The decision for these pauses arose after Israeli ground troops entered Rafah in early May, causing significant bottlenecks at the crossing. Despite the military’s assertion that there would be no cessation of fighting in southern Gaza during these hours, Netanyahu described the pauses as “unacceptable” to his military secretary and emphasized that the fighting in Rafah would continue without changes to military policy.

The plan also drew criticism from Israel’s National Security Minister, Itamar Ben-Gvir, who deemed the decision-maker a “fool” and suggested they should be removed from their position. This disagreement marks another instance of tension within Netanyahu’s coalition government over the management of the ongoing conflict in Gaza, which is now in its ninth month.

The humanitarian situation in Gaza has deteriorated significantly, with the UN reporting widespread hunger and hundreds of thousands on the brink of famine. From May 6 to June 6, the daily average of aid trucks delivered to Gaza was 68, a significant drop from the 168 trucks per day recorded in April and well below the 500 trucks daily deemed necessary by aid organizations. The COGAT, an Israeli military body overseeing aid distribution, reported that over 8,600 trucks entered Gaza from various crossings from May 2 to June 13, averaging 201 a day. Despite this, much of the aid has not reached its intended destinations, accumulating at crossings.

Compounding the issue, less than a third of health centers in Gaza are operational, and over 50,000 children are in need of treatment for acute malnutrition, according to UNRWA, the UN agency tasked with assisting Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank. The UN has blamed the slow pace of aid delivery on the Israeli military’s stringent authorization requirements for truck drivers, aimed at ensuring their safety. Moreover, the ongoing conflict and lack of security have sometimes resulted in aid being looted.

The new ceasefire arrangement aims to facilitate better coordination and safer delivery of aid by providing an 11-hour uninterrupted window for trucks to access the Kerem Shalom crossing. However, it remains unclear whether the military will provide protection for the trucks as they travel along the highway. One thing is certain, Hamas will be able to move to alternate areas when under pressure, and that facilitates their efforts to kill as many Jews as possible. Netanyahu would be wise to stop this ASAP, in my opinion.

Major Points

  • Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticizes the military’s decision to implement daily “tactical pauses” along a key route into Gaza to facilitate humanitarian aid.
  • The ceasefires, intended to allow safe passage of aid trucks from the Kerem Shalom crossing through the Salah a-Din highway, are scheduled from 8 am to 7 pm daily.
  • Despite the announced pauses, Netanyahu insists that military operations in Rafah will continue as planned, highlighting tensions within the Israeli government.
  • The humanitarian situation in Gaza has worsened, with significant shortages in aid deliveries, operational health centers, and an increase in malnutrition among children.
  • The UN and Israel are in disagreement over the management of aid delivery, with aid often getting stuck at crossings and not reaching those in need in Gaza.

TL Holcomb – Reprinted with permission of Whatfinger News

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