Disputed Reports Over Postponement of Israeli Operation in Rafah

By Yoni Weiss

Palestinians inspect the ruins of a building in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, March 29. (AP Photo/Hatem Ali)

On Sunday evening, Kan 11 reported that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had decided to postpone a military operation in Rafah, in southern Gaza. However, Netanyahu’s Likud party quickly countered, labeling the report as “fake news.”

This confusion arose even as the IDF announced they were mobilizing two additional reserve brigades for duties in Gaza following a recent operational assessment. “The mobilization of these forces will bolster ongoing efforts to ensure the defense of the State of Israel and the safety of its civilians,” stated the IDF Spokesman’s Unit.

While Israeli leadership has consistently expressed intentions to conduct an operation in Rafah aimed at targeting Hamas, which Israel and the United States designate as a terrorist organization, the U.S. has advised against such action.

Vice President Kamala Harris, speaking to ABC News in late March, did not mince words about potential repercussions, stating that “consequences” could not be ruled out should Israel proceed with the planned military action.

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