Netanyahu Rejects Calls for a Temporary Israeli Cease-Fire in Gaza

from The Wall Street Journal,

Israel’s prime minister resisted pressure from the U.S. to pause strikes on Hamas after Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged more actions to protect civilians in Gaza. The U.S. is stepping up pressure on Israel, saying it has a moral imperative to pause the fighting while humanitarian relief—and particularly fuel—is delivered to Gaza, U.S. officials say. France, Spain and other European countries have issued similar appeals. Since the attacks by Hamas against Israel on Oct. 7, the Israeli military has carried out a bombing campaign in Gaza that targets the militants and their infrastructure but which has also killed thousands of civilians—many of them children—and forced two-thirds of the enclave’s more than two million people to flee their homes. Only a trickle of food, water and medicine has been allowed to enter Gaza. Israel has blocked supplies of fuel that are needed for electricity, saying that Hamas hoards fuel for military purposes. Israel’s defiance over a proposed humanitarian pause has been a source of contention between Washington and the Israeli government. Some U.S. officials believe there will eventually be a breakthrough, but they said that time is crucial.

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