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Israel To Open Three Temporary Aid Routes For Gaza Following An Intense Conversation With Biden

According to the latest report from the Israel Prime Minister’s office, Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to open three routes throughout Gaza to let more aid enter the city. The day before, the US president urged Netanyahu to take concrete steps to avoid a further humanitarian crisis during a 30-minute phone call.

President Biden’s threat to condition support for the Israeli military has been effective as Rabat-Bejamin Netanyahu’s office has confirmed the opening of new routes that will ensure more aid reaches innocent civilians.

Israel's officials have greenlighted the Erez Crossing in the northern region of Gaza, the Port of Ashdod near Jordan’s border, and the Kerem Shalom Crossing.

An Israeli cabinet commented, "This increased aid will prevent a humanitarian crisis and is necessary to ensure the continuation of the fighting and to achieve the goals of the war.”

President Biden and Israel’s Prime minister had an intense discussion over the phone on Thursday following the deaths of seven aid workers from World Central Kitchen. Israel refused to acknowledge the tragic incident as “intentional” and even released a statement stating that IDF misidentified the workers as Hamas gunmen. 

However, the founder of WCK, Joan Andrese, quickly dismissed the official statement. He said the WCK convoy was intentionally targeted car by car since the workers previously registered their locations with the Israeli military and were inside a “supposedly” safe zone.

The incident has sparked outrage among US citizens who have been pressurizing the President for months now to ask for a ceasefire immediately. The US president, who recently denied blocking a vote to enable a ceasefire in Gaza, has mildly threatened Israel to cut off weapons supplies following the death of an American aid worker in Gaza.

Secretary of State Anthony Blinken gave a similar statement to journalists: “If we don’t see the changes that we need to see, there will be changes in our own policy.”

For now, the relationship between President Biden and Benjamin Netanyahu is tense as the White House is refusing to support Israel’s ground invasion in Rafah.

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