WASHINGTON: The Biden administration doesn’t see it probably or attainable that Israel will obtain “complete victory” in defeating Hamas within the Palestinian enclave of Gaza, US deputy secretary of state Kurt Campbell mentioned on Monday.
Whereas US officers have urged Israel to assist devise a transparent plan for the governance post-war Gaza, Campbell’s feedback are the clearest thus far from a high US official successfully admitting that Israel’s present navy technique will not deliver the consequence that it’s aiming for.
“In some respects, we’re struggling over what the speculation of victory is,” Campbell mentioned at a Nato youth summit in Miami. “Generally after we pay attention intently to Israeli leaders, they speak about principally the concept of….a sweeping victory on the battlefield, complete victory,” he mentioned.
“I do not suppose we consider that that’s probably or attainable and that this appears rather a lot like conditions that we discovered ourselves in after 9/11, the place, after civilian populations had been moved and plenty of violence that…the insurrections proceed.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly vowed to attain “complete victory” in opposition to Hamas, the Palestinian militant group that attacked Israel on October 7 and killed 1,200 folks and took 250 others hostage.
In response, Israel unleashed a relentless assault on the Gaza Strip, killing greater than 35,000 folks, in accordance with the figures of the Gazan well being ministry, and decreasing the densely populated tiny enclave to a wasteland.
Campbell’s feedback come as Washington is warning Israel to not go forward with a significant navy offensive in Rafah, the southernmost metropolis of the Gaza Strip the place over 1,000,000 individuals who have already been displaced by Israeli assaults are taking shelter.
Likening the scenario in Gaza to that of a recurring insurgency that the US confronted in Afghanistan and Iraq after its invasions there following the September 11 assaults, Campbell mentioned a political resolution was required.
“I feel we view that there must be extra of a political resolution…What’s completely different from the previous in that sense, many international locations wish to transfer in the direction of a political resolution through which the rights of Palestinians are extra revered,” he mentioned.
“I do not suppose it is ever been tougher than proper now,” he added.


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