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Netanyahu: Israel can ''stand alone'' without US weapons

Israeli PM Netanyahu responds to Biden's threat of halting arms shipments to Israel if they don't scale back attacks

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Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu remains steadfast in his resolve, vowing that Israel can "stand alone" despite warnings from the United States regarding potential repercussions for a full-scale invasion of Rafah in Gaza. The US has cautioned that arms shipments could be halted if such an invasion were to occur.

The situation in Rafah has escalated, with thousands fleeing the city following what the Israeli military termed a "limited" operation initiated on Monday. President Joe Biden has been vocal in his opposition to the operation, deeming it a crossing of a "red line."

However, Netanyahu brushed off US concerns, asserting Israel's determination to press forward. He invoked Israel's past resilience, referencing the War of Independence in 1948 as a testament to the nation's ability to overcome challenges.

Despite Netanyahu's defiance, the US has taken action by suspending the delivery of certain munitions, expressing fears of civilian casualties in Rafah. Biden has further warned of additional suspensions if the invasion proceeds.

In response to US warnings, Israel's Defense Minister Yoav Gallant reaffirmed Israel's resolve, stating that the country cannot be subdued by its enemies or allies. He emphasized Israel's determination to achieve its objectives.

The situation on the ground in Rafah remains dire, with tens of thousands fleeing the city amid ongoing bombardment. The UN has warned of dwindling supplies of food and fuel for those seeking refuge in the city.

While Israel asserts its military operations are targeted, concerns persist over the potential for a full-scale invasion. The White House has underscored that Biden's aim is an enduring defeat of Hamas, but it opposes a full-scale assault on Rafah.

The conflict continues to escalate, with casualties reported on both sides. Efforts to reach a peace deal appear to be fading, with hopes dwindling as both Israeli and Hamas delegations depart from indirect talks in Cairo.

[Source: BBC]

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