In an attempt to buy Muslim support in the swing state of Michigan, President Biden reportedly told Israeli Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday that Israel should not go ahead with a military operation in the Gaza border town of Rafah without a credible plan to protect civilians.
What exactly does that mean? Israel, which has complete air superiority, has been attempting to protect civilians this entire time of the war against Hamas because they have no wish to kill two million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.
I know Israeli soldiers who are literally going house to house and door to door in the most densely populated areas in some of the most densely populated places on planet Earth so as to not kill civilians. In fact, I met with an Israeli soldier last Friday whose buddy was gunned down right in front of him as he was going into an apartment complex in Gaza last week. The reason the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) is even on the ground there is to preserve civilian life while they try to save Israeli hostages held by Hamas.
Meanwhile, Biden apparently told Israel not to go into Rafah, which is the only major stronghold Hamas has left; they have four battalions in Rafah that Israel needs to finish off.
This would be like Biden saying to the American military during World War II, “Guys, once you get around Berlin, stop.”
Every Hamas official is now in Rafah. Everyone knows this and the additional fact that the hostages are in Rafah.
Miraculously, Israel rescued two hostages alive in Gaza on Sunday night. It is an amazing, miraculous story.
There are roughly 100 hostages currently held by Hamas. We don’t know how many are dead. Nobody knows how many are dead. But Israel actually rescued two hostages alive in Rafah while the Biden administration was telling them not to go in.
I have spoken to people who are serving in Gaza right now and attest that the embedding is insane. The line between civilians and the military in Gaza is incredibly thin. Huge percentages of civilian households in Gaza contain weaponry. Huge percentages are hiding terror tunnels. Over the weekend, the Wall Street Journal reported, saying, “Hidden deep below the headquarters of the United Nations’ aid agency for Palestinians here is a Hamas complex with rows of computer servers that Israel’s armed forces say served as an important communications center and intelligence hub” for Hamas.
The compound is directly below the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) buildings in Gaza City, and they’re running on electricity drawn from the U.N. So whenever people talk about the vaunted U.N., remember, the UNRWA is Hamas. They’re indistinguishable in the Gaza Strip.
But Biden is trying to tell the Israelis not to go in and rescue their own people.
Asked on Sunday how Israel would know when Hamas was eliminated, Netanyahu said:
When you eliminate their organized fighting formations, and as I’ve said, we’ve taken 18 out of their 24 terrorist battalions out of commission. You’re mopping up the remaining individual terrorists, and when they release the hostages, of course, and ensure that Hamas, that Gaza is no longer a threat to Israel.
You don’t have to kill every last terrorist. You don’t have to kill every last ISIS terrorist, but you make sure that ISIS was finished as a military force. You have to dismantle. Hamas is a military force — a military force that controls territory. We’re well within reach, and we shouldn’t stop.