Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, has criticized calls not to enter Rafah, stating that those who do not want to enter Rafah are essentially saying that they want to lose the war and keep Hamas there. He did not provide details or a timetable for the ground invasion of Rafah, Gaza’s southernmost state bordering Egypt. Netanyahu said he had ordered defense forces to plan the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people from Rafah ahead of this ground invasion.
A number of countries in the Middle East and Europe, led by the EU leadership, warned about the disastrous consequences of Israel’s attack on Rafah. In Israel, at least 1,200 people have been killed and another 6,900 injured since October 7. In Gaza, at least 28,064 people have been killed and 67,611 injured since October 7, according to the Hamas-controlled Ministry of Health.
The situation is tense and there are differing opinions on the best course of action. Ultimately, the decision on whether to enter Rafah and how to do so will have significant implications for the ongoing conflict. It is a complex situation and requires careful consideration.