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Ruling by Top United Nations Court Deepens Disconnect between Israel and the U.S.

The recent ruling by the International Court of Justice in The Hague ordering Israel to halt its military offensive in the southern Gaza city of Rafah has deepened its disconnect with the United States. As global condemnation of the operation grows, the Biden administration finds itself in a delicate position of supporting Israel while also urging restraint.

The decision by the ICJ comes on the heels of Norway, Ireland, and Spain announcing their recognition of a Palestinian state. Additionally, the chief prosecutor of a separate international court has sought arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and leaders of Hamas. The US, however, maintains that Israel’s actions have not crossed any red lines, despite the mounting pressure to intervene.

While the Biden administration has paused a shipment of bombs to Israel and warned against a full-scale military operation in Rafah, it has continued to provide military and political support to its ally. National security adviser Jake Sullivan emphasized that Israel’s operations have been targeted and limited, not involving major military actions in densely populated areas.

Following Sullivan’s visit to Israel and Saudi Arabia, where he discussed the situation in Rafah, administration officials have noted a shift in Israel’s planning to address Biden’s concerns. However, Palestinians in Rafah continue to face dire conditions, with limited access to aid and supplies due to ongoing military operations.

The ICJ ruling, which calls for a halt to the offensive and an increase in humanitarian aid to Gaza, has been welcomed by international humanitarian groups. While there is no practical mechanism to force Israel to comply with the court order, the US has reiterated its opposition to a major offensive in Rafah. Secretary of State Antony Blinken emphasized the need for a clear and credible plan to protect the civilian population in any military assault.

As the situation in Gaza remains critical, the disconnect between Israel and the US deepens, posing a challenge for the Biden administration’s approach to the conflict.

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