May 14, 2024, 2:17 PM

Total victory for Israel ‘unlikely’: US State Department

Total victory for Israel ‘unlikely’: US State Department

TEHRAN, May 14 (MNA) – The US does not believe Israel can decisively triumph over Hamas in Gaza, Deputy Secretary of State Kurt Campbell has said.

I think in some respects, we are struggling over what the theory of victory is. Sometimes when we listen closely to Israeli leaders, they talked mostly about the idea of some sort of sweeping victory on the battlefield, a total victory,” Campbell said at the NATO Youth Summit in Miami, Florida on Monday. “I don’t think we believe that that is likely or possible,” he said, according to Russia Today. 

He acknowledged the “undeniable tensions” between Washington and West Jerusalem over Israel’s ongoing assault on Rafah, the southernmost city in Gaza which is overcrowded with refugees who fled the northern part of the Palestinian enclave in accordance with the Israeli Army’s evacuation instructions.

President Joe Biden believes the operation will lead to a surge in civilian casualties and more refugees, Campbell stressed. “The president has been clear that he is deeply uncomfortable with that.”

Campbell’s words echoed earlier statements from his boss, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who has expressed doubt that Israel can completely eliminate Hamas in Gaza. He suggested that even if Israel succeeds in entirely occupying the Palestinian enclave, it will be retaken by the militants once the Israeli military leaves.


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