Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pushed back against concerns raised by key allies, global leaders, and aid agencies regarding Israel's potential ground invasion of Rafah in Gaza.
During an interview on ABC's "This Week," Netanyahu argued that those opposed to entering Rafah were essentially advocating for conceding the war and allowing Hamas to maintain control there.
"Those who say that under no circumstances should we enter Rafah are basically saying lose the war," the Israeli prime minister said.
Netanyahu had previously announced plans to evacuate Rafah, a crucial humanitarian corridor in southern Gaza, prompting warnings from U.S. National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield against such military action, citing potential civilian casualties and regional ramifications.
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and the EU's top diplomat Josep Borrell also expressed grave concerns about the devastating impact a Rafah offensive would have on the humanitarian situation and civilian population.