Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that he preserves the possibility of occupying the Gaza Strip.
Biden to Netanyahu: He expects a significant downsizing
The White House said US President Joe Biden told the Israeli prime minister that he expects a “big cut” on Wednesday with the goal of a ceasefire.
On Wednesday, Biden spoke with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the fourth time since hostilities broke out between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip on May 10.
The call for the downsizing is perhaps the clearest indication yet that the United States has put pressure on Israel.
Over the past week, the UN Security Council has repeatedly tried to agree on a common statement on the conflict. Norway is one of the countries that participated in the data proposal.
So far, none of the proposals have received support from the United States, which has the right to veto the Security Council.
On Wednesday, Netanyahu said Israel was looking for an appropriate time for a ceasefire. However, both Israeli sources and Hamas denied that a ceasefire was imminent.
Missiles launched from Lebanon
Lebanese sources said that four rockets were fired from southern Lebanon at Israel on Wednesday. Israel says it responded with artillery.
The rockets are said to have been fired outside the village of Siddiqin in the Tire region, as reported by the Lebanese Daily Star.
The Israeli defense says that the warnings of rocket attacks sounded east of Haifa, according to Reuters. Residents of the town of Kriot say they heard three explosions. The Israeli army said in a statement that it had attacked several targets in Lebanon, Haaretz reported.
A few seconds from Gaza
According to the Israeli army, one of the missiles was shot down from Lebanon, two fell into the sea and the fourth landed in an open area.
This is the third time in a week that rockets have been launched from Lebanon at Israel. The attacks took place at the same time as the conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
219 martyrs in the Gaza Strip since May 10 – many children
219 people have been killed in the Gaza Strip since the outbreak of the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians on May 10, according to figures released by the Palestinian Authority.
On Wednesday, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said that among the dead were 219, 63 children, 36 women and 16 elderly.
On the Israeli side, 12 people, including a child and a soldier, have been killed in more than 3,000 rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip since May 10, according to figures from the Israeli authorities.
Journalist killed in an Israeli attack
A Palestinian radio reporter was killed in an Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip, according to local sources.
Youssef Abu Hussein writes for Sawt al-Aqsa Radio Al Jazeera. The station belongs to the Hamas movement, according to the French news agency.
The Israeli attack targeted Saddam Hussein’s home, north of Gaza City, on Wednesday night.
Hussein is said to be the first journalist to be killed in the conflict last week, but Israel previously destroyed a building housing a number of international media outlets.
Netanyahu is open to “defeating” Hamas
During a meeting with foreign ambassadors in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, Netanyahu said that Israel was trying to deter Hamas at the moment. But he did not want to rule out the possibility of retaking the Gaza Strip.
There are two ways you can deal with them. You can either defeat them, there is always a possibility, or you can deter them. “At the moment we are using force to deter them, but I must say that we do not want to rule out anything,” Netanyahu said.
Israeli newspapers The Times of Israel Haaretz interpreted both statements as saying that Netanyahu was talking about the possibility of restoring the Gaza Strip.
The prime minister said that the aim of the attacks on Gaza was to “maximize the period of calm and peace that Israel can achieve against this enemy.”
“We are looking for the appropriate time for a ceasefire,” Netanyahu said. Both Israeli sources and Hamas denied that a ceasefire was imminent.
The Israeli forces occupied the Gaza Strip until 2005, when they withdrew.
Hamas has enjoyed political influence in the region since 2007. Israel still controls the airspace over the Gaza Strip and the coastal waters.
German Foreign Minister visits the Middle East
The German foreign minister said he will travel to the Middle East on Wednesday for talks on the Gaza conflict.
The plan is to travel to Israel tonight and hold talks in Jerusalem and Ramallah, according to Heiko Maas in Berlin.
He was attacked Wednesday night
Both Hamas and the IDF carried out new attacks until Wednesday evening.
Hamas fired rockets at six Israeli Air Force bases. At least 10 civilians were wounded, 6 of them seriously, when more than 50 rockets were fired across the border into Israel, according to reports The Jerusalem Post.
According to the newspaper, the Israeli army planned intensive air strikes on Hamas tunnels in the Gaza Strip. On Tuesday, spokesman Jonathan Conricus said that about 100 kilometers of the tunnel network had been destroyed, according to the DPA news agency.
Hamas has built tunnels for many years, and they are used to transport soldiers, ammunition, and foodstuffs in the Gaza Strip, according to the Israeli army. Much of the network lies under Gaza City itself, and recent attacks from Israel were directed at this “city beneath the city.”
Early Wednesday morning, local media reported that Israeli fighters bombed the Gaza Strip again Al Jazeera Quotes. A housing block was hit in the air strikes and at least three Palestinians were killed. Three others were wounded in the attack.
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