Acknowledging US misgivings, Netanyahu tells CNBC that Rafah offensive ensures Israel’s survival

Israel is proceeding with its offensive in Rafah despite US misgivings because “we have to do what we have to do,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tells CNBC in a newly released interview.

Acknowledging the disagreements with the US over the IDF operation in Rafah, where Israel believes four of Hamas’s remaining six battalions to be located, Netanyahu says “sometimes you just have to do what is required to ensure your survival and your future.”

“I hope we can see eye to eye with the United States, we’re talking to them,” he adds. “But ultimately we have to do what we have to do to protect the life of our nation.”

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