Experts: Washington is not serious about ending the aggression against Gaza

Washington- Israel’s disregard for all American “calls” calling for it to reduce the severity and intensity of its attacks on the southern Gaza Strip represents further evidence of the absence of any serious desire from President Joe Biden’s administration to influence the course of developments in Gaza, and to be content with reactions that do not affect Israel’s plans to impose a new reality on the Gaza Strip. the earth.

Since the beginning of Operation “Al-Aqsa Flood” and the unprecedented aggression against Gaza that followed, which has so far left 15,899 people martyred, 42,000 others injured, and all facilities of life destroyed, the White House supports what it sees as Israel’s right to defend itself, and its duty to judge. On the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas).

The Israeli escalation since the end of the temporary truces, increasing the frequency of attacks on southern Gaza in quantity and quality, in addition to the ground incursion, represented a surprise to the Biden administration, which expected Israel to listen to its calls to take into account reducing the number of civilian casualties.

Indiscriminate Israeli bombing in the Nuseirat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip (Anatolia)

Just sayings

A number of members of the Biden administration issued warnings to Israeli officials regarding the way they launch military attacks, and the recent statements of American officials represent some of the strongest warnings to date, but they stopped at this point and did not turn into a political position or action in this direction.

In an interview with Al Jazeera Net, the director of the Gulf States Studies Foundation, Giorgio Cafiero, considered that since the start of the Israeli aggression, no change has been observed in the Biden administration’s position towards this crisis.

He said, “The Biden administration expressed opinions that show that the White House is less biased toward the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but they are just opinions, and if Washington does not use its influence to pressure Tel Aviv to change its behavior, I doubt that these disagreements between the Biden team and the Netanyahu government will lead to any A change in Israel’s behavior.

In a statement to Al Jazeera Net, Jonathan Acuff, professor at the Department of Intelligence and National Security Studies at Carolinas University, indicated that the possibility of achieving a ceasefire is “small.” “Netanyahu has strong incentives to keep fighting, as his political future depends in large part on crushing Hamas.”

He adds that these are “the conditions for victory that Netanyahu set at the beginning of the fighting. Hamas certainly does as well, and it prefers a ceasefire to reconstitute its forces. However, like Netanyahu, its political future depends on the continuation of the conflict in some form and not the pursuit of peace,” according to his assessment.

Akov continues, “Finally, there is little regional and international desire to deploy a multinational force to stabilize the region, to separate the warring parties, supervise reconstruction, and help chart a political path forward. This scenario failed in Lebanon in 1983, and it is unlikely to succeed in Gaza in 2017.” 2024″.

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Contradictory positions

He said that the Biden administration is trying to balance several contradictory positions at the same time. On the one hand, it affirmed Israel’s support for the complete elimination of the Hamas movement, but it provides it with the weapons and ammunition it needs, and at the same time demands that it respect civilians and work to prevent large numbers of casualties while allowing the flow of aid. Humanity.

The intelligence expert added, “Biden’s position is also hampered by what we see as increasing political pressure from within the Democratic Party to follow a more fair approach with the parties to the conflict. What complicates this matter is some public expressions of support for the Palestinians, which included many members of the party and appeared to support Hamas’s violent attacks on civilians or Its ultimate goal is the destruction of the State of Israel.

Since the end of the humanitarian truces, the Israeli army has been using unprecedented amounts of firepower in its attacks on the southern Gaza Strip in particular, and it seems clear that this army is ignoring civilian casualties more than it was before, adds expert Akov.

He says, “This brutality does not satisfy many in the United States, and reveals divisions in American policy that are difficult to manage, at a time when it is certain that the Biden administration is only reacting to the events so far, and not shaping them.”

On the other hand, Shibley Telhami, a professor at the University of Maryland and an expert at the Brookings Institution in Washington, was surprised by Biden’s continued support for the Netanyahu government despite all the killing and terrorizing of civilians it is doing, which harms Washington’s interests in the region.

He referred to Vice President Kamala Harris’ speech in Dubai, where she expressed her shock at the extent of civilian casualties in Gaza, and said, “Israel has the right to defend itself, but international and humanitarian law must be respected. Many innocent Palestinians have been killed. Frankly, the extent of civilian suffering, The pictures and videos coming from Gaza are shocking.”

Telhami commented on her speech in a tweet on the “X” platform and stressed that “the continuous flow of destructive American weapons speaks louder than words.”

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Secret criticism

Ned Lazarus, a lecturer specializing in international affairs at George Washington University, noted that there were reports that the Biden administration argued forcefully with Israeli officials in closed meetings to increase humanitarian aid and criticized the scope of Palestinian losses in recent military operations, but this did not lead to any change in public policy.

In an interview with Al Jazeera Net, Lazarus said, “There are also clear indications of a possible conflict between Israel and the United States regarding the governance of Gaza after the war if Israel succeeds in removing Hamas from power.”

In this case, he added, “The American government insists on the need for the Palestinian Authority to assume responsibility for managing the Strip, while Netanyahu rejected this possibility.”

However, Lazarus says, it is also possible that Netanyahu will be removed from power by political rivals and Israeli voters, who in polls and the media express widespread anger at his government’s failure to prevent the Hamas attack on October 7 and its failure to respond effectively afterward. .

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2023-12-04 19:40:14

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