US says it will not change its policy regarding Israel despite Rafah strike

Washington: Following the catastrophic strike on Gaza’s Rafah over the weekend, US President Joe Biden has no plans to change his stance on Israel. Nevertheless, he also is not “ignoring” the agony of Palestinian civilians, the White House declared on Tuesday.
According to Gaza’s health authorities, 45 Palestinians perished as a blaze swept through a camp sheltering displaced individuals after Israel’s raid on Sunday.
However, according to National Security Council spokesman John Kirby, Washington does not view Israel’s actions in Rafah as constituting a large-scale operation that would breach Biden’s “red lines.”
But when questioned as to “how many burned bodies” it would take for Biden to reevaluate the stance on the matter, Kirby responded, “This is not something that we’ve ignored.”
One million residents have fled from Rafah, where Biden has previously asserted he would not support a significant Israeli military offensive. Earlier this month, he halted a shipment of heavy munitions to Israel due to concerns that they might be used against the southern Gazan city.
Israeli tanks were stationed in the center of Rafah on Tuesday, according to eyewitnesses. This followed weeks of intense clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinian fighters.
Nonetheless, in response to persistent inquiries, Kirby reiterated that the president was not “moving the benchmark” in defining a significant military campaign against Rafah.
“We have not seen them storm into Rafah,” he commented.
“We have not observed them advancing with large contingents, significant numbers of troops, in columns and formations in some sort of coordinated maneuver against multiple targets on the ground.”

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