published : 2023-11-04

Blinken's Efforts for Humanitarian Pauses in Israeli War Face Resistance from Netanyahu

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken emphasizes that humanitarian pauses would enable aid to reach Gaza during the Israel-Hamas conflict

A photo of US Secretary of State Antony Blinken during his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv. (Taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV)

The White House is urging multiple pauses in Israel's war against Hamas in Gaza to allow for the entry of aid and the safe evacuation of people from the region.

During a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken proposed discussing these pauses as a means to facilitate the release of hostages.

Netanyahu, however, insisted that a ceasefire would only occur if the hostages were freed first.

Blinken shared that implementing a pause does not guarantee the eventual release of hostages, particularly when battling against Hamas.

An image of the ongoing battles in Gaza captured by Fox News’ Trey Yingst. (Taken with a Nikon D850)

Nonetheless, he stated that a humanitarian pause could contribute to the effort of getting hostages back to their families safely.

The US National Security Council also expressed the hope that multiple pauses could lead to further releases, revealing that 79 American dual citizens have already crossed into Egypt from Gaza since Wednesday.

The Biden administration has refrained from calling for a general ceasefire, believing that it would mainly benefit Hamas by providing them with an opportunity to continue planning and executing attacks against Israel.

Netanyahu echoed this sentiment, rejecting international requests for a humanitarian ceasefire that does not include the return of hostages.

A photograph of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah delivering a speech, providing further insight into the conflict. (Taken with a Sony Alpha a7 III)

Blinken also pushed back against calls for a ceasefire, affirming the US's support for Israel's right to defend itself and prevent further conflicts.

Meanwhile, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) announced that its troops had killed a Hamas commander in Gaza during an overnight airstrike.

The IDF targeted infrastructure and eliminated Mustafa Dalul, the commander of the Sabra Tel al-Hawa Battalion, along with other Hamas militants.

Dalul played a central role in leading combat against IDF troops in the Gaza Strip and held several positions within the Hamas battalion over the years.