Middle East, Israel postpones invasion of the Gaza Strip. What’s behind this

Israel decided to “postpone the ground operation” in the Gaza Strip while bombings continue against the Palestinian enclave controlled by Hamas, where – according to the group – there are more than 5,000 dead. Pending the arrival of other US assets in the region, the revelation came from Israeli Army radio less than a week after Joe Biden’s 7 1/2 hour mission to Israel that confirmed US support for Benyamin Netanyahu following the horrific attack of Hamas on October 7th. in Israel, but also reminded Israelis of “the mistakes” made by the United States after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Two weeks after the attack, the United States is trying to avoid the scenario of a wider war in the region, in a context in which the US administration’s hopes of expanding the Abraham Accords, signed by Israel with some Arab countries during Donald Trump’s time. Trump in the White House, seem at least “archived”. Diplomacy, however, does not stop. Before Biden, the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, and the head of the Pentagon, Lloyd Austin, had been on a mission in the region and, shortly after the Cairo summit, last Saturday, they announced the sending of other US assets for the region. And, highlights the Washington Post, although Biden has managed to delay the start of an Israeli offensive in Gaza, the likelihood of a grueling ground war remains high. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz emphasizes that the reason for the postponement of the ground operation in the Strip is not clear, amid Israeli preparations and US pressure following press reports according to which the United States suggested waiting to facilitate the release of the hostages.

Source: IL Tempo