Israel to continue full-scale operations in Gaza for at least a month before scaling back war | FOX NEWS

Getting your Trinity Audio player ready...

Israel to continue full-scale operations in Gaza for at least a month before scaling back war | Avi Melamed insights quoted by Anders Hagstrom for FOX NEWS.


The Israeli military plans to continue its full-scale operations in Gaza for at least another six weeks before ramping down the conflict, Israeli officials told Reuters.

Four Israeli military officials told the outlet that Israel would adopt a strategy of fewer airstrikes and a greater emphasis on targeted operations. The six-to-eight weeks will likely fall in with Israel’s campaign against Hamas in Rafah, which is poised to begin soon.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing intense international pressure to call off the invasion of Rafah, a Gaza border town lying next to Egypt. Even the U.S. has issued warnings that it will not support a campaign in Rafah without Israel presenting a clear plan on how to minimize civilian casualties.

“Rafah is the last bastion of Hamas control and there remain battalions in Rafah which Israel must dismantle to achieve its goals in this war,” Avi Melamed, a former Israeli intelligence official, told Reuters.

The Israeli military plans to continue its full-scale military operations in Gaza for at least another six weeks before ramping down the conflict, Israeli officials told Reuters. (MOHAMMED ABED/AFP via Getty Images)

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said the Israel Defense Forces were planning to take “extraordinary measures” to prevent the loss of civilian life. He also argued that a campaign in Rafah was necessary for destroying Hamas.

“There were 24 regional battalions in Gaza – we have dismantled 18 of them,” he told a media briefing. “Now, Rafah is the next Hamas center of gravity.”

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said the Israeli Defense Forces were planning to take “extraordinary measures” to prevent the loss of civilians life. He also argued that a campaign in Rafah was necessary for destroying Hamas. (Elad Malka (IMoD)/Anadolu via Getty Images)

President Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken were emphatic about efforts to protect civilians in recent weeks. Blinken met Netanyahu face to face, and Biden called the Israeli leader twice last week alone.

Netanyahu has vowed that the war in Gaza will continue in some capacity until Hamas has been destroyed. Reuters contributed to this report.

Anders Hagstrom is a reporter with Fox News Digital covering national politics and major breaking news events.


Israel to continue full-scale operations in Gaza for at least a month before scaling back war | Avi Melamed insights quoted by Anders Hagstrom for FOX NEWS.

If you want to have a better understanding of the news and what really drives the unfolding events… Read the latest book of Avi Melamed,
INSIDE THE MIDDLE EAST | ENTERING A NEW ERA, available now >>>

Follow me on Twitter @AviMelamed; Facebook @InsideTheMiddleEast; for more Videos on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/c/AviMelamed

I can always be reached at Av*@Av********.com

Avi Melamed
Avi Melamedhttps://insidethemiddle-east.com
Avi Melamed is an expert on current affairs in the Arab & Muslim World and their impact on Israel & the Middle East. A former Israeli Intelligence Official & Senior Official on Arab Affairs, Fluent in Arabic, English, and Hebrew, he has held high-risk Government, Senior Advisory, Intelligence & Counter-Terrorist intelligence positions in Arab cities & communities - often in very sensitive times - on behalf of Israeli Government agencies. He is the Founder & CEO of Inside the Middle East | Intelligence Perspectives - an apolitical non-partisan curriculum using intelligence methodology to examine the Middle East. As an Author, Educator, Expert, and Strategic Intelligence Analyst, Avi provides Intelligence Analysis, Briefings, and Geopolitical Tours to diplomats, Israeli and foreign policymakers, global media outlets, and a wide variety of international businesses, organizations, and private clients on a range of Israel and Middle East Affairs.

JOIN THE HUB Newsletter

BUY THE BOOK

New book by Avi Melamed, acclaimed intelligence & geopolitical analyst - Inside the middle east | Entering a new era | published in 2022

MORE FROM ITME

Israeli soldiers surround Hamas ‘mastermind’ in Gaza City | SKYNEWS

" Israeli soldiers surround Hamas ‘mastermind’ in Gaza City '' | Avi Melamed on SKY NEWS Global Affairs https://youtu.be/bUkLKnj_Ekg Former Israeli intelligence officer Avi Melamed discusses...

Current Israeli-Palestinian Environment | Avi Melamed | I24 NEWS English

Avi Melamed analyzes the current Israeli-Palestinian environment and what we can expect in the near future. https://youtu.be/nf0k8x9ZxNo Avi Melamed analyzes the current Israeli-Palestinian environment and what...

Israel’s Netanyahu on Collision Course With Joe Biden | NEWSWEEK

Avi Melamed’s insights quoted in “Israel's Netanyahu on Collision Course With Joe Biden", an article by Brendan Cole Senior News Reporter for NEWSWEEK. "The Biden...

Geopolitics of Jerusalem | Seeing Is The Key To Understanding

GEOPOLITICS OF JERUSALEM | SEEING IS THE KEY TO UNDERSTANDING & NOTHING STANDS ALONE This OUTDOOR BRIEFING / INTEL-EDVENTURE takes place...

Hamas’ ‘March of Return’ End Game In Gaza | THE MEDIA LINE

Hamas’ ‘March of Return’ End Game In Gaza An Article By Charles Bybelezer | The Media Line ~ April 11, 2018 While the terror group has no appetite for a full-blown...