As Israel has carried out its military operation against Hamas over the past five weeks – first with airstrikes, and now a ground operation – the United States has stood resolutely by its side. But, as Middle East expert Ian Parmeter writes, there are now signs of tension emerging between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government and the Biden administration.
When Israeli troops first encircled Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza, US President Joe Biden made his concerns known, saying “hospitals must be protected”. Troops are now reported to have entered the hospital, leading to ever growing pressure for steps to be taken to manage the humanitarian disaster in Gaza. Some of this is coming from the US, which is increasingly concerned about rising civilian casualties and an apparent lack of an exit strategy. Biden and Netanyahu may be on a collision course, Parmeter says.
The UK supreme court yesterday ruled against the British government’s plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda. Five judges said the deportation plan could lead to refugees being returned to their countries of origin where they risk facing persecution. Devyani Prahbat explains what happens next.