The fighting is now on two fronts…..
Gaza and Lebanon…..
We all wait to see if Israel launches a ground action into Gaza….
Such action in the past resulted in a high causality cost for Isreali soldier’s with deaths and being taken hostage ….
While Israel buries its dead….
Palestinians not involved in the hostilties are seeking food, shelter and safety….
The Biden admin will ask Congress to approve aid for Israel, Ukraine and Taiwan in one vote….
Arms manufacters ARE gonna be busy for a LONG time…..
Zelensky wants to visit Israel to show solidarity….
How did the Israeli’s let this happen?’
Officials in President Joe Biden’s administration have privately told lawmakers that the White House is preparing a supplemental funding request to submit to Congress that includes money for Israel, Ukraine, Taiwan and U.S. border security, according to two congressional officials, an administration official and a defense official.
Administration officials also said the request would aim to address the strain that providing additional military support for Israel, Ukraine and Taiwan would put on the Pentagon’s stockpiles, the sources said, by asking for money to build more weapons.
Biden said Tuesday that “when Congress returns, we’re going to ask them to take urgent action to fund the national security requirements of our critical partners.”
Biden’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan said Tuesday that the Office of Management and Budget is drafting the supplemental request….
There was heightening fear that the conflict could widen: Fire has been exchanged along Israel’s northern border with both Lebanon and Syria in recent days, and Israeli forces said they launched retaliatory strikes inside Lebanon on Wednesday, hitting targets belonging to Hezbollah, an armed Iran-backed Lebanese group allied with Hamas.
Israel has also intensified its retaliation against Hamas, launching more missiles on Wednesday at the Gaza Strip, the sealed-off coastal territory controlled by the militant group, where fears of a humanitarian disaster were growing. New airstrikes hit rescue crews trying to reach people buried under the rubble of earlier attacks. The authorities in Gaza, which is under blockade by Israel and Egypt, said that its sole power plant had run out of fuel, forcing hospitals to rely on backup generators with limited fuel supplies.
While the Israeli military assembles tanks and soldiers along the border with Gaza, it remains unclear whether it will launch a ground invasion. At least 1,100 Palestinians have been killed, including 326 children, and 5,539 wounded, since Saturday, Gaza health officials said on Wednesday.
Here’s what else to know:
Gazans say that Israel has hit structures that are normally safe, such as schools, hospitals and mosques. Israel has given broad warnings for people to leave certain neighborhoods or towns but has acknowledged that they are not as extensive or specific as they have been in the past.
The United States has pledged “urgent action” to support Israel’s response to what President Biden on Tuesday called “pure, unadulterated evil.” The first shipment of new U.S. weapons arrived in Israel, and Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken was traveling there. He was expected to meet with senior Israeli officials on Thursday to discuss military needs and hostage negotiations.
The number of U.S. citizens killed during the attacks has risen to 22, a State Department spokesman said on Wednesday. American citizens are among the hostages.
On Wednesday evening, the Israeli Army instructed civilians across northern Israel to shelter in their safe rooms after reports of aircraft crossing into Israeli airspace from southern Lebanon, an area dominated by Hezbollah, but the Israeli military later said there had been no intrusion. Israel Defense Forces also said “human error” was to blame for a false nationwide shelter-in-place alert sent on Wednesday.
A New York Times analysis of Hamas propaganda and satellite images shows how the assailants were able to execute such a sophisticated operation on Saturday. They appear to have destroyed communications towers close to the Gaza border that are key to Israel’s defense. Israel has said little about what appears to be a spectacular failure of its security and intelligence operations….
US Military leaders are worried about Iran groups going after American soldiers in the Middle East region
The Pentagon is concerned about the potential for new attacks on American troops stationed in the Middle East from Iran and its proxy forces as the conflict between Israel and Hamas militants escalates in an already tumultuous region, according to Defense Department officials.
DOD officials are specifically worried that Iranian proxy groups in Iraq and Syria, or Iranian forces in the Persian Gulf, could take advantage of the instability in the region to attack American or partner forces operating in those two countries — as they have done in the past, two DOD officials said…..
One could assume that the money give back to Iran is DOA at this time…..