Daily Briefing, Feb. 10: Day 127 – Questions Arise on the Duration of U.S. Support for Gaza Operation

Credits: The Wall Street Journal

Today marks the 127th day of the ongoing conflict. Joining host Amanda Borschel-Dan in this episode are Editor David Horovitz and US Bureau Chief Jacob Magid, providing insights and analysis.

President Joe Biden expressed criticism, characterizing Israel’s military actions against Hamas in Gaza as excessive. Horovitz contextualizes this remark within the broader spectrum of recent statements from various US officials.

In a noteworthy development on Thursday, President Biden issued a memorandum mandating that allies receiving military aid from the US must furnish “credible and reliable written assurances” regarding their adherence to international law, including human rights standards.

Israeli Soldiers (Credits: The Times of Israel)

Magid delves into the intricacies of this new policy, shedding light on its focus on Israel, even with the apparent approval of the Israeli government.

Saudi Arabia and Egypt issued warnings today, cautioning Israel against intensifying its incursion into Rafah, the southernmost city in Gaza and the final bastion of Hamas in the region.

Horovitz provides insight into the complex military and diplomatic challenges looming on the horizon, especially given the presence of over a million displaced Palestinians seeking refuge in the area.

Despite widespread international calls to defund and dismantle the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), Andrea De Domenico, head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Palestinian territories, argues that such a move during the Israel-Hamas conflict would result in a catastrophic humanitarian crisis. Magid further explores the intricacies of this situation.

In a clandestine meeting held in Tel Aviv this week, senior Israeli security officials engaged with their counterparts from the Palestinian Authority to discuss strategies aimed at de-escalating tensions in the West Bank and fostering economic growth in preparation for Ramadan. Magid provides additional details on this discreet diplomatic initiative.

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