Netanyahu ‘determined’ to enter Rafah despite US pushback

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed the Israeli military will enter Rafah, the southernmost city in Gaza where more than a million civilians are sheltering, despite continued protests from the Biden administration.

President Joe Biden spoke with Netanyahu on Monday and stressed his opposition to large-scale Israeli operations in Rafah, even as he backed Israel’s desire to go after Hamas, the terrorist group that carried out the Oct. 7 attack that left roughly 1,200 people dead, a majority of whom were civilians.

The U.S. president reiterated “his deep concerns about the prospect of Israel conducting a major ground operation in Rafah,” according to a readout of their first call in weeks, due to several factors, most significantly that more than a million Palestinians have fled to the city.

Netanyahu’s office said he approved a military plan for operations
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