Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel, has spoken out against calls to avoid entering Rafah. He believes that those who do not want to enter Rafah are essentially surrendering to Hamas and prolonging the ongoing conflict in Gaza. Netanyahu did not provide any specific details or a timetable for a ground invasion of Rafah, but he stated that he had already ordered defense forces to plan for the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people from the area ahead of any potential operation.
Critics from various countries in the Middle East and Europe, led by the EU leadership, have warned about the disastrous consequences of such an attack on Rafah. Since October 7th, at least 1,200 people have been killed and another 6,900 injured in Israel alone. Meanwhile, in Gaza, at least 28,064 people have been killed and 67,611 injured since the same date according to data from the Hamas-controlled Ministry of Health.
The situation remains tense with differing opinions on how best to proceed. Ultimately, whether or not to enter Rafah and how to do so will greatly impact the ongoing conflict in Gaza. It is a complex issue that requires careful consideration before any decision is made.