The United States will support Israel when it resumes the offensive in Gaza although it asked for an extension of the truce

John Kirby, White House spokesman (REUTERS) (EVELYN HOCKSTEIN/)

John Kirby, spokesman for the White House National Security Council, stated this Thursday that USA will continue to support the military campaign of Israel against the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas in the Gaza Strip when it is decided that the truce is over.

“We continue to believe that Israel has the right and responsibility to go after Hamas”Kirby said during a press conference in Washington. “They have said very clearly that when these pauses are over, they intend to attack again. When they make that decision, they will still have the support of the United States in terms of tools and capabilitiesthe weapons systems they need, as well as the advice and perspectives that we can offer them in terms of urban warfare,” he assured.

Kirby also alluded to the Joe Biden administration’s concern about civilian casualties and the need for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to operate in a more calculated manner in southern Gaza. “We have been very consistent and clear with our Israeli counterparts that we do not support a move south until they have properly taken into account the protection of innocent human life“, he pointed. And he remarked: “What we ask of Israel is that appropriate security measures be taken.”

The official warned that the US supports further extensions of the current humanitarian truce, which is in its seventh day, but clarified that it does not support a permanent ceasefire because that would leave Hamas as a threat to Israel.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant speak to journalists before a meeting in Tel Aviv on November 30, 2023 (REUTERS)
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant speak to journalists before a meeting in Tel Aviv on November 30, 2023 (REUTERS) (POOL/)

For his part, the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken urged Israel this Thursday to create safe zones for Palestinian civilians in Gaza before resuming “major military operations” in Hamas-ruled territory.

Israel “must implement humanitarian plans for the protection of civilians that minimize further casualties of innocent Palestinians,” he told reporters in Tel Aviv, “including by clearly and precisely designating areas and locations in the south and the center of Gaza, where they can be safe and out of the line of fire.”

The United States called on October 24 for a humanitarian pause in the war between Israel and Hamas to allow the Safe delivery of aid to the civilian population of the Gaza Strip, which lacks food, water, medicine and electricity. Washington is also negotiating with Egypt and the UN to facilitate emergency deliveries to Gaza, but there have been disagreements over aid inspection procedures.

The White House announced on Tuesday the sending of three military planes to the Egyptian Al Arish airport, located about 40 kilometers from the Gaza Strip, with aid for the Palestinian enclave. The aircraft were loaded with winter clothing, medical supplies and food, including containers of prepared food for children. The US Presidency recalled in a statement that it has already mobilized $100 million to help civilians affected by the conflict with Israel.