top of page
Search
  • Writer's pictureRoss

A ceasefire or a war, the end of either, for them to say peace and safety.

IDF will gradually move into Hamas’s last major Gaza stronghold, with fighting expected to last at least 6 weeks.

Readying to evacuate Palestinian civilians from Gaza’s southernmost city in Rafah ahead of its planned offensive will involve moving civilians to the nearby city of Khan Younis, and among other areas in Gaza, where Israel will set up shelters with tents, food and medical facilities, this in coordination with the US, Egypt and other Arab countries.

Israel has said, Rafah where Hamas’s four intact battalions are deployed, and remaining the terror group’s last major stronghold in the Strip after the IDF operated in the north and center of the Palestinian enclave. It also believes that many of the remaining 129 hostages kidnapped in the Hamas-led October 7 atrocities are being held in Rafah.

The Egyptian officials said the fighting in Rafah is expected to last at least six weeks, though the timing of the operation remains uncertain.

An Israeli security official quoted in the report said the IDF will “have a very tight operational plan because it’s very complex there.”

A US State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said, We don’t want to see Palestinians evacuated from Rafah unless it is to return to their homes. The Biden administration has repeatedly expressed its opposition to a mass IDF invasion of Rafah, though this language from the State Department appeared to be new.

“We don’t think there’s any effective way to evacuate 1.4 million Palestinians. There’s no way to conduct an operation in Rafah that would not lead to inordinate civilian harm and severely hamper the delivery of humanitarian assistance,” Miller said.

At other times, US officials have indicated that they’d be prepared to accept an IDF offensive in Rafah if Israel did manage to safely evacuate the civilians there and care for their humanitarian needs. In his latest comments, Miller rejected the notion of any possibility that the US could support a major Rafah invasion.

“We do want to see people able to leave Rafah to return to their homes “if they exist” and to their neighborhoods and to begin rebuilding their homes. We want to see the Palestinian people in Gaza start to restart their lives and rebuild their lives and ultimately bring this conflict to a close,” he said.

Washington has argued that a large-scale military offensive in Rafah would put the Palestinians sheltering there at risk, wreak havoc on Gaza’s main humanitarian hub located in southern Gaza, and further isolate Israel internationally without actually boosting its security.

Israel argues that it cannot defeat Hamas without launching a major offensive in Rafah to dismantle the terror group’s remaining battalions there. It says it will only launch the invasion after it evacuates the civilians in the city, ensures that they’ll be able to continue receiving humanitarian aid upon relocation and coordinates with Egypt, which borders Rafah and has expressed significant alarm over a potential operation.

Last week, Israeli and US officials held a second virtual meeting about the potential IDF operation in Rafah, which ended with the administration still remaining unconvinced of Israel’s plans to evacuate Palestinians and ensure they receive humanitarian assistance.

Somehow avoiding this Rafah IDF move could bring about a feeling of peace and safety if Hamas should agree to a ceasefire. And if Israel should complete it’s operation eliminating Hamas terrorist, then they might be saying peace and safety.


155 views4 comments

Recent Posts

See All

4 Comments


Laurie Nordin
Laurie Nordin
Apr 23

Thank you Ross. waiting on our God!

Like

Godschild Forever
Godschild Forever
Apr 23

Thank you Ross. Keep looking up. ❣️ 🙏✝️

Like

Will Smith
Will Smith
Apr 23

Thanks, Ross. Peace be upon you. Amen.


Like

Diane Bergschneider
Diane Bergschneider
Apr 23

I don't trust the U.S. officials as they constantly change their tune of support for Israel...the U.S. has their own agenda and self interest...and not Israel's. Sad to say as an American..; my late husband served as an officer in the Marine Corp. He believed in the Marines to do right in the fight. I now focus and only trust in my Lord and Savior. Thank you Ross for this analysis and God bless you and keep you close to Him. 🙏

Like
bottom of page