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Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Israel-Hamas War and Rafah News: Latest Updates - The New York Times

As Israel Fights Again in Gaza’s North, Military’s Discontent Grows

Two tanks kick up dust.
Israeli tanks near the border with Gaza in southern Israel on Monday.Jack Guez/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

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"With Israeli troops returning to clear Hamas for the second or third time from parts of northern Gaza, and fighting farther south in Rafah, too, Israel’s government has found itself confronting more vocal discontent from an important constituency: its own military leaders.

Current and former senior military officers have begun to argue more openly that because the government has failed to roll out a plan for what follows the fighting in Gaza, Israeli troops are being forced — in the eighth month of the war — to battle again for areas of the territory where Hamas fighters have reappeared.

Two Israeli officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to avoid professional repercussions, said some generals and members of the war cabinet were especially frustrated with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for failing to develop and announce a process for building an alternative to Hamas to govern Gaza.

Latest Images from Israel and Gaza

  1. Palestinians search for survivors inside a destroyed building in the Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza.

  2. Palestinian citizens of Israel marching near Haifa, Israel, to mark the 76th anniversary of the Nakba, when roughly 700,000 Palestinians fled or were expelled from their homes in what became the state of Israel, during the wars surrounding its creation.

    Ammar Awad/Reuters
  3. Near the site of a strike in Nuseirat, in central Gaza, on Tuesday.

    Ramadan Abed/Reuters
  4. Displaced Palestinians clean rubble from a damaged school in Khan Younis to use as shelter.

    Associated Press
  5. Watching the recovery effort from a balcony in Nuseirat.

    Ramadan Abed/Reuters
  6. Searching for casualties at the site of the strike in Nuseirat. 

    Ramadan Abed/Reuters
  7. A march in the southern Israel city of Sderot calling for Israel to reoccupy the Gaza Strip once the war is over.

    Maya Alleruzzo/Associated Press
  8. An Israeli military helicopter firing toward Gaza.

    Amir Levy/Getty Images
  9. Protesters marching through Tel Aviv, calling for a hostage and ceasefire deal, on Monday.

    Alexi J. Rosenfeld/Getty Images

Key Developments

  • Negotiations for a cease-fire in Gaza are at “almost a stalemate,” and the talks have been set back by Israel’s military offensive in Rafah, Qatar’s prime minister said Tuesday. The prime minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani, was asked about the state of the talks at the Qatar Economic Forum in Doha. Qatar and Egypt have been acting as intermediaries between Israel and Hamas.

  • The International Court of Justice said it would hold hearings on Thursday and Friday on South Africa’s request for additional emergency measures to constrain Israel’s operation in Rafah. Last week, South Africa, which has filed a case at the court in The Hague accusing Israel of committing genocide in Gaza, asked the judges to order Israel to withdraw from Rafah, calling it “the last refuge” for Palestinians in the territory. Israel has strongly denied South Africa’s accusations at the court, which has no means of enforcing its orders.

  • Britain’s foreign secretary, David Cameron, said attacks on aid trucks bound for Gaza were “appalling” and called for Israel to hold perpetrators to account. His statement on social media Tuesday came a day after a convoy of relief trucks was blocked and vandalized for hours, according to a right-wing Israeli group that planned the blockage. The Israeli police said that suspects had been arrested and that they were investigating.

  • President Biden’s national security adviser said on Monday that while the United States was committed to Israel’s defense, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government had still failed to provide the White House with a plan for moving nearly a million people safely out of Rafah before any invasion of the city. The adviser, Jake Sullivan, made clear President Biden’s frustration in dealings with Mr. Netanyahu.

Smoke rising above the Jabaliya neighborhood in the northern Gaza Strip, as seen from Israel, on Monday.Atef Safadi/EPA, via Shutterstock

Israeli forces expanded their operations in northern Gaza on Tuesday, pounding Hamas fighters with tanks and fighter jets in Jabaliya, as they continued to do battle  near the Rafah border crossing in the south, both sides said on Tuesday.

Israel said its forces had “eliminated by tank fire dozens of terrorists” over the last 24 hours in Jabaliya, a dense urban area in northern Gaza that Israel has returned to in recent daysafter first defeating Hamas there months ago.

Over the weekend, Israel said its return to active fighting in areas of the north was “based on intelligence information regarding attempts by Hamas to reassemble.” The scale of what the military claims to have dismantled on Tuesday suggests how far those attempts may have gone."

Israel-Hamas War and Rafah News: Latest Updates - The New York Times

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