The New York Times reported on Tuesday that the United States had deployed two carrier strike groups, each consisting of an aircraft carrier, its planes, and several escort warships. According to the report, this deployment appeared to have deterred Hezbollah from attacking Israel in a major war.
Quoting American officials, The New York Times revealed that the US and Israeli Intelligence agencies were collaborating to determine the potential consequences of Israel’s anticipated ground offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip. They were assessing whether such an action might provoke Hezbollah to launch a large-scale military campaign against Israel from Lebanon.
According to the report, officials currently assessed that Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, was apprehensive about engaging in an all-out war with Israel, fearing the substantial damage it could inflict on his group and Lebanon. They also cautioned that this evaluation could change as more intelligence was gathered and events unfolded.
The article further disclosed that American officials and individuals briefed on the discussions revealed that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had vetoed proposals from his government for a pre-emptive strike against Hezbollah.
In a statement, the US Department of Defence (DOD) expressed their unwavering support for Israel during the ongoing conflict. Pentagon Deputy Press Secretary Sabrina Singh shared, “Since leaving Israel, he has held calls with MOD Gallant … on a near daily basis and will likely have another call today.” He added, “We are working to meet Israel’s needs, which include air defence, precision-guided munitions, artillery and medical supplies.”
The article also highlighted the statement from the US Department of Defence, “The increases to U.S. force posture signal the United States’ ironclad commitment to Israel’s security and our resolve to deter any state or non-state actor seeking to escalate this war,” emphasizing the bolstered US presence in the region.
According to the Gaza-based Health ministry, the number of Palestinians killed in Israeli airstrikes in Gaza has risen to 2,750, with 9,700 reported wounded. The ministry also reported that over 750 children were among the casualties of the Israeli attacks.
The Israel Defence Force (IDF) stated that the death toll in Israel from the surprise Hamas attack is now more than 1,400.
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