US State Department: Israel hasn’t briefed us on date it plans to enter Rafah

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller answers questions during a news briefing at the State Department on July 18, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nathan Howard)
State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller answers questions during a news briefing at the State Department on July 18, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nathan Howard)

US State Department spokesman Matthew Miller says that Israel has not briefed the Biden administration on the date on which it plans to launch a major offensive in the southern Gaza city of Rafah.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said earlier today that he has decided on a date for Israel to enter Rafah, though the premier has several times in recent weeks announced his approval of operational plans for the city that have gone unimplemented.

Miller reiterates that Washington opposes a major invasion in Rafah, arguing that Israel can achieve its war aims through other means.

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