April 21, 2024
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Entire IRGC Command Wing in Syria Was Eliminated (Maariv-Jerusalem Post)
    Bloomberg television reported Saturday that in the attack attributed to Israel next to the Iranian consulate in Syria on April 1, the entire command hierarchy responsible for the activities of the Revolutionary Guards in Syria and Lebanon was killed.
    "The senior officers were pivotal for Hizbullah's activities in the region."

Report: U.S. Has Developed Missiles that Could Destroy the Electronics of Iran's Nuclear Facilities - Ronald Kessler (Daily Mail-UK)
    The U.S. Air Force has deployed missiles that could destroy the electronics of Iran's nuclear facilities with high-power microwaves, rendering them useless, without causing any fatalities.
    Known as the Counter-Electronics High Power Microwave Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP), the missiles were built by Boeing and first tested successfully in 2012. They were installed in various locations around the globe and became operational in 2019.
    The beauty of the high power microwave (HPM) missile is that even if a bunker is buried in a mountain, HPM penetrates the facilities through its connections to power cables, communication lines, and antennas.
    Thus, HPM can penetrate any underground military or nuclear facility and destroy its electronics.
    Targeted at command and control centers, the missile could render any country's military inoperable. And one missile can hit multiple targets in succession.

Iran Has Begun Preliminary Work on Building a Nuclear Warhead - Mark Dubowitz interviewed by Elliot Kaufman (Wall Street Journal)
    Mark Dubowitz, CEO of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, says he has tried for years "to make the case that the Islamic Republic is a threat to the region, its own people and the U.S., and that it needs to be dealt with, not wished away."
    After Iran's April 13 attack, "At least temporarily - very temporarily - Israel got out of the penalty box and Iran has gone in."
    Iran keeps breaking through red lines on its nuclear program "and things that would've been intolerable 10 years ago are tolerable today."
    The West once thought Iranian enrichment of uranium was intolerable. "Now, they're enriching uranium to 60%, which is a stone's throw away from weapons-grade."
    Of Israel's airstrike in response, Dubowitz said, "'Our air defenses worked, your expensive S-300 didn't. You targeted our air force base, we hit your air force base,' using much less to do much more damage," and near a nuclear facility.
    Adding insult to injury, the strike came on Mr. Khamenei's 85th birthday.
    Moreover, the strike "reaffirms to the Saudis that Israel is the only country with the will and capabilities to take on Iran."
    "I have been led to believe that Iran's weaponization activities have begun. After a long pause during which Iran's nuclear enrichment and missile program advanced, Iran is now taking preliminary steps that will help build a warhead."
    "That is headline news, because it contradicts the longtime U.S. intelligence consensus, and it suggests the Iranians are even closer to a deliverable nuclear weapon than we had thought."
    "I don't get a straight answer in Washington, but I got a straight answer in Israel: 'We have evidence, we have intelligence. They have begun preliminary work on the weapon.'"

The Involvement of Palestinian Authority Security Forces in Terror Attacks Against Israel - S. Schneidmann (MEMRI)
    Over recent years, many members of the Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces have turned their weapons on Israeli security forces and even initiated shooting attacks against Israelis.
    After their death, they have frequently been revealed to belong to Palestinian terror organizations such as the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades - the military wing of Fatah, the political party led by PA President Mahmoud Abbas.
    Many armed and uniformed PA security officers visit the mourning tents of slain terrorists, and the PA pays benefits to the families of terrorists killed in the course of such action.

U.S. Universities Must Stop Tolerating Antisemitism - Alan Dershowitz and Andrew Stein (New York Post)
    Columbia University's president and other college administrators have stated that the chant "From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free" is permissible political speech.
    It is also permissible for white supremacists to demand all blacks be sent back to Africa and all Muslims to Saudi Arabia.
    But would any school permit such bigoted chants? Would it take action against such racists? Of course it would.
    So the issue is not one of abstract free speech. It is whether the school applies the same standard to Jews, blacks, gays and other minorities.
    What is permissible to say against Jews and Israel would not be permissible to say against blacks or gays. That is the reality.
    Universities should apply a single standard for free speech and harassment.
    They cannot punish anti-black racism while tolerating anti-Jewish racism, even if the First Amendment protects both.
    Alan Dershowitz is Professor of Law, Emeritus at Harvard Law School. Andrew Stein served as New York City Council president.
    See also Columbia Fails to Protect Its Jewish Community - Amb. Michael Oren (Wall Street Journal)

The Women behind the IDF's New Precise Mortar Used in Gaza - Anat Lev Adler (Ynet News)
    The Iron Sting, developed at Elbit Systems, is the world's only mortar munition that becomes a target-guided missile, so that its impact is lethal and smart and reaches the precision level of a room in a house.
    "No [other] mortar munition can provide destruction at this level," says Dr. A., 73, who has managed the warhead field at Israel Military Industries (IMI) for 35 years. (IMI has now been acquired by Elbit.)
    Elbit VP L. says, "I was an infantry and mortar instructor in the army....I became head of the mortar section responsible for certifying and training infantry fighters for mortars and their operation. Elbit took me on from the army. I've been in the field for 25 years."
    "Like Dr. A. is known as Ms. Warheads, I'm known as Ms. Mortars. Any commander with a mortar problem in Gaza will call me directly from the field....They know me from the army from when I was their mortar instructor. Who else would they call?"
    With Iron Sting, "a soldier can hit a target with a single mortar in under a minute and, for the first time...there's precise weaponry integrated into the existing system that the soldiers already know how to operate."
    Z., 52, said, "I've been involved in Iron Sting from the development stage and I'm now responsible for our production. We've been working hard these past few months and we've been very much part of the war."

Female Brig.-Gen. Commands IDF's LOTEM Technology Division - Yonah Jeremy Bob (Jerusalem Post)
    Brig.-Gen. Yael Grossman, commander of the IDF's LOTEM intelligence division, is one of seven female IDF officers holding that rank.
    LOTEM is involved in cyber defense, ensuring the reliability of communications in tunnel warfare, and supporting precision firepower targeting.
    Grossman spoke at a recent conference about how artificial intelligence has helped the IDF to manage its firepower and force distribution at whole new levels during the war with Hamas.
    Beyond all these specific tasks, LOTEM is the division for storing IDF information.

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News Resources - North America, Europe, and Asia:
  • Strike Was Meant to Show Iran that Israel Could Paralyze Its Defenses - Farnaz Fassihi and Ronen Bergman
    An Israeli weapon deployed in a retaliatory strike against Iran on Friday damaged a defense system responsible for detecting and destroying aerial threats near Natanz, a central Iranian city critical to the country's secret nuclear weapons program, according to two Western officials and two Iranian officials. The strike, the Western officials said, was calculated to deliver a message to Iran that Israel could bypass Iran's defense systems undetected and paralyze them, using a fraction of the fire power Iran deployed last week when it launched hundreds of drones and missiles at Israel.
        Officials confirmed that Israel had deployed aerial drones and at least one missile fired from a plane far from Israeli or Iranian airspace that included technology that enabled it to evade Iran's radar defenses. Neither the missile nor the aircraft that fired it entered Jordanian airspace.
        Israel's use of drones launched from inside Iran and a missile that it could not detect was intended to give Iran a taste of what a larger-scale attack might look like. The attack was calibrated to make Iran think twice before launching a direct attack on Israel in the future. (New York Times)
        See also Israel's Attack on Iran Took Out Russian-Made Air Defense System - James Rothwell
    Israel's attack on Iran appears to have been a precise strike that took out the key part of a Russian-made air defense system at a key air base at Isfahan. Satellite imagery showed a "flip radar" component of the S-300 air defense battery either damaged or destroyed on Friday.
        Israeli defense analyst Ronen Solomon said: "From what we have seen, Israel's strike intended to neutralize Iran's air defense advanced systems that cover Natanz and Isfahan's nuclear sites that are involved in enrichment and could convert it to a uranium metal for a bomb. This is like a yellow card in football before the red card that is a full strike to destroy them."  (Telegraph-UK)
        See also Israel Conducted Retaliatory Airstrikes Targeting an Iranian Air Force Base in Isfahan (Institute for the Study of War)
  • U.S. Vetoes Palestinian Bid for Full UN Membership - Yonette Joseph
    The U.S. blocked the UN Security Council on Thursday from moving forward on a Palestinian bid to be recognized as a full member state at the UN. The vote was 12 in favor and one - the U.S. - opposed, with abstentions from Britain and Switzerland. Israel's foreign minister, Israel Katz, said after the vote: "The shameful proposal was rejected. Terrorism will not be rewarded." Israeli Ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan said Thursday, "The only thing that forced, unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state will do is to make any future negotiations almost impossible."
        U.S. Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield said the new resolution would not have brought a two-state solution closer. "Right now, the Palestinians don't have control over a significant portion of what is supposed to be their state. It's being controlled by a terrorist organization," referring to Hamas. (New York Times)
        See also U.S. Diplomatic Cable Details Opposition to Palestinian UN Membership - Ken Klippenstein
    An unclassified State Department cable dated April 12 details U.S. talking points against a UN vote for Palestinian statehood. "It remains the U.S. view that the most expeditious path toward a political horizon for the Palestinian people is in the context of a normalization agreement between Israel and its neighbors. We believe this approach can tangibly advance Palestinian goals in a meaningful and enduring way."
        "Premature actions at the UN Security Council, even with the best intentions, will achieve neither statehood nor self-determination for the Palestinian people. Such initiatives will instead endanger normalization efforts and drive the parties further apart."
        Richard Gowan, the International Crisis Group's UN director, said, "The U.S. position is that the Palestinian state should be based on bilateral agreements between the Israelis and Palestinians. It does not believe that the UN can create the state by fiat."  (The Intercept)
  • House Approved New Aid to Israel - Catie Edmondson
    After a long delay, the U.S. House of Representatives on Saturday voted to approve $95 billion in foreign aid for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan. The House voted to approve assistance to Israel by 366 to 58. The legislation includes $13 billion for Israeli defensive activities and $3.6 billion in security assistance.
        The measure includes replenishing U.S. stockpiles and supporting U.S. operations in the region. $4 billion is for replenishing Israel's Iron Dome and David's Sling missile defense systems, as well as $1.2 billion for the Iron Beam laser defense system, currently under development.
        An additional $9 billion is marked for humanitarian assistance, which would help Gaza residents and other populations. Some of that money also could flow to Ukraine. The amounts of money that would flow to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan are nearly identical to what the Senate approved. The Senate is expected to pass the legislation as early as Tuesday and send it to President Biden for signing. (New York Times-Wall Street Journal)
        See also Israeli Leaders Thank U.S. after House Approves New Military Aid - Niha Masih
    Israeli leaders thanked the U.S. after the House passed a foreign aid bill Saturday that provides additional military aid to Israel. Calling it a "much appreciated" step, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on X that the measure "demonstrates strong bipartisan support for Israel and defends Western civilization." Israeli President Isaac Herzog said: "When the U.S. is strong, Israel is stronger; when Israel is strong, the U.S. is more secure." Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said that at a time when Israel is facing threats on several fronts, the U.S. showed "unwavering support."  (Washington Post)
News Resources - Israel and the Mideast:
  • Netanyahu: Absurd for U.S. to Sanction IDF Soldiers as They Fight Terror - Tovah Lazaroff
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lashed out at the U.S. for its plans to sanction the IDF's Netzah Yehuda Battalion, some of whose soldiers have in the past been accused of mistreating Palestinians. "At a time when our soldiers are fighting terrorist monsters, the intention to sanction a unit in the IDF is the height of absurdity and a moral low," Netanyahu wrote on X on Saturday evening.
        "In recent weeks, I have been working against the leveling of sanctions on Israeli citizens, including in my conversations with senior American government officials. The government I head will act by all means against these moves. Sanctions must not be imposed on the Israel Defense Forces!"
        Former Defense Minister and IDF Chief-of-Staff Benny Gantz, a member of Israel's War Cabinet, wrote on X that "The Netzah Yehuda battalion is an inseparable part of the Israel Defense Forces. It is subject to military law and is responsible for operating in full compliance with international law. The State of Israel has a strong, independent judicial system that evaluates meticulously any claim of a violation or deviation from IDF orders and code of conduct, and will continue to do so."
        "I have great appreciation for our American friends, but the decision to impose sanctions on an IDF unit and its soldiers sets a dangerous precedent and conveys the wrong message to our shared enemies during wartime. I intend on acting to have this decision changed."  (Jerusalem Post)
        See also U.S. NGO Behind Anti-IDF Lawfare Against Israel
    The U.S. political NGO Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN) is a primary leader of lawfare (legal warfare) campaigns based on demonizing propaganda targeting Israel. Since 2022, DAWN has consistently exploited legal frameworks in seeking the issuance of arrest warrants against Israelis. In the aftermath of the Hamas massacre of Oct. 7, DAWN has amplified its harassment of Israeli officials and promoted vicious anti-Israel propaganda in the effort to harm Israel's ability to defend its citizens.
        In October 2022, DAWN submitted a complaint to the U.S. State Department regarding the Israeli Army's Netzah Yehuda Battalion after the death of an elderly Palestinian American citizen who had a heart attack while in custody. In December 2023, DAWN submitted a list of 40 senior Israeli commanders to the International Criminal Court prosecutor, demanding an investigation over Israel's military campaign against Hamas in Gaza.
        DAWN's executive director, Sarah Leah Whitson, previously served as Director of the Middle East Division at Human Rights Watch (HRW) in 2004-2019, where she played a central role in HRW's antisemitic obsession with Israel. DAWN's founder, Esam Omeish is the former National President of the Muslim American Society (MAS). According to a legal brief from federal prosecutors, MAS "was founded as the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America."  (NGO Monitor)
  • 10 Terrorists Killed, 8 Arrested in Tulkarm
    The IDF and Border Police killed 10 Palestinian terrorists and arrested eight more in a two-day operation in the West Bank city of Tulkarm. Nine soldiers were wounded in the clashes. (Jerusalem Post)
  • IDF Thwarts Shooting, Stabbing Attack North of Hebron
    A Palestinian terrorist attempted to stab IDF soldiers, while a second terrorist shot at soldiers at the Beit Einun junction, north of Hebron, on Sunday. IDF forces killed the stabber and wounded the shooter. (Jerusalem Post)
Global Commentary and Think-Tank Analysis:
  • Israel's Strike Was the Perfect Response - Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser
    The presumed Israeli attack on Iran clarified to the Iranians that whereas we are not as vulnerable as they thought, they are more vulnerable than they thought. They have difficulty hitting us, but we have no difficulty hitting them.
        Nobody wants to see an escalation, so the strike was conducted in a way that doesn't have to lead to escalation. The fact that we chose targets that were in the vicinity of a major nuclear facility, but were linked to the Iranian missiles and airforce, communicated that we can reach other targets as well. Since we don't want escalation, we chose targets nearby that were involved in the attack against Israel. If we want to, we can send a stronger message.
        The main mission on our agenda is to finish the war in Gaza. We have hostages to release. We have Hamas to destroy. We must focus on that. At the same time, the strike indicates that our options are open to take further action at the time of our choosing.
        The writer, Director, National Security and Middle East Affairs at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, is former head of the IDF Military Intelligence Research Division. (Jewish Chronicle-UK)
  • Israel's Strike on Iran: A Limited Attack but a Potentially Big Signal - David E. Sanger
    Israel chose early Friday to respond to Iran's direct strike on April 13 with a limited strike, which appeared to do little damage. In its strike on a conventional military target in Isfahan, Israel demonstrated that it could pierce Isfahan's layers of air defenses, many of them arrayed around key sites like the Isfahan uranium conversion facility.
        "Iran's attempt to unilaterally move the goal posts of war in the region will not be met with silence and inaction," said Dana Stroul, the Pentagon's former top Middle East policy official who is now at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. "A state-on-state attack involving drones and missiles will be met with a response. Yet last night's strike was precise and limited. The message is that Iranian air defenses are entirely penetrable, and their forces cannot protect their military bases from external attack....If Iranian leaders decide that further escalation is not worth the risk of a much more lethal and expensive attack within their own territory, this escalation cycle can close."  (New York Times)
  • Why Israel Didn't Clobber Iran - David Ignatius
    Israeli deterrence is usually about massive use of offensive military force, but this time was different. When Iran launched a missile and drone barrage last weekend, the reported destruction of 99% of Iran's incoming munitions by Israel and its allies was an astonishing display of missile defense. When the Israeli response came early Friday, it was muted, sending a message that it can penetrate Iranian air defenses and hit strategic targets when it chooses.
        Israel wanted the last word in this exchange, and it seems to have succeeded. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday, after talks with officials in Tehran, that "Iran does not want an escalation."
        Israel is behaving like the leader of a regional coalition against Iran. In its measured response, it appeared to be weighing the interests of its allies in this coalition - Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Jordan - which all provided quiet help. It's playing the long game. Israel has allies. That's the new shape of the Middle East. After absorbing Iran's missile assault so deftly, Israel is seen at once as a victim of attack and a master of high-tech defense. (Washington Post)
  • Tehran's Menace Persists - Editorial
    The rulers in Tehran know they were able to cross a red line by attacking Israel directly a week ago. Israel and its friends had to expend considerable resources to intercept nearly all of the more than 300 missiles and drones in that attack. And Iran is paying no significant price for it.
        The new sanctions announced by the U.S. this week are largely meaningless. They target Iranians involved in the missile program who don't have foreign bank accounts. Iran retains the ability to strike Israel, either on its own or via proxies, at the time of its choosing. Most important, it will also continue to make secret progress on its nuclear-weapons program.
        The G-7 foreign ministers called on Iran on Friday "to stop the continuing uranium enrichment activities reported by [the IAEA] that have no credible civil justification and pose significant proliferative risks. Tehran must reverse this trend and engage in serious dialogue." You can imagine the smiles with which those "must reverse" and "engage in serious dialogue" commands were received in Tehran. (Wall Street Journal)
  • With Mild Strike, Israel Aims to Bolster Coalition to Tackle Iran Nuke Threat - David Horovitz
    The reported Israeli response to Iran's launch of hundreds of missiles and drones at Israel was far more symbolic than damaging - designed to send messages, preserve alliances, avoid any further escalation in the short term, and keep a focus on the strategic, indeed existential, imperative of ensuring that the regime in Iran does not attain a nuclear weapons capability.
        The response also appears to have been designed with an awareness of the central importance of Israel's relationship with the U.S., which is maintaining the vital flow of military assistance for the war against Hamas and other defense needs, and single-handedly prevented UN recognition of Palestinian statehood on Thursday. (Times of Israel)
  • The Iranian Regime Needs to Be Punished for Its War-Mongering, Not Mollified - Allister Heath
    The conventional wisdom is wrong. We need rational, controlled escalation from the Western powers in the face of Iranian aggression, not more sickening appeasement, delusion and cowardice. The regime needs to be punished for its monstrous war-mongering, not mollified by Western ignoramuses who confuse weakness for virtue.
        If the U.S. was serious, it would announce that the mullahs in Tehran are an existential menace to civilized nations. It would declare that no country can shoot hundreds of drones and missiles at one of its neighbors with impunity, that no government can go on funding terrorism, rape, torture and murder on an industrial scale. It would understand the need to deter other rogue states through a show of strength.
        It would state that the Iranian regime must be treated like a global pariah, that all of its proxies must be destroyed, and that, above all, it will never be allowed to get anywhere near nuclear weapons. It would put together a coalition including as many of Iran's Arab neighbors as possible. It would impose extreme sanctions. It would allow Israel to finish off Hamas. It would help hit Hizbullah. If all else fails, it would use American military power to destroy Iran's nuclear installations. (Telegraph-UK)
  • U.S. Officials Watched with Mounting Alarm as Scale of Iran Attack on Israel Became Clear - Michael R. Gordon
    President Biden and his national-security team watched with mounting alarm on April 13 as monitors in the White House Situation Room showed 30, then 60, then over 100 Iranian ballistic missiles streaking toward Israel. Iranian cruise missiles and a swarm of drones were already in the air, timed to arrive at the same time as the missiles. The scale of Tehran's direct attack on Israel matched U.S. spy agencies' worst-case scenarios, U.S. officials said later.
        Biden's top aides watched Iran remove missiles from storage and put them on launchers. When the attack began Saturday night, U.S. officials in the Situation Room and at the Pentagon tracked the three waves of weapons that left Iranian airspace, crossing Iraq and Jordan, racing toward Israel. The scale of the barrage was a shock, administration officials said. "This was on the high end, I think, of what we were anticipating," a senior official said.
        No one had ever tried to intercept so many ballistic missiles at once. Washington thought its and Israeli forces could handle 50 ballistic missiles, but more than 100 was unknown territory. Israel's Arrow system intercepted most of the ballistic missiles, while two American destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean downed several others. (Wall Street Journal)
  • True Advocacy for Palestinian Rights Means Condemning Iran's Unprovoked Aggression - Bassem Eid
    I am deeply troubled by the reactions of certain anti-Israel groups in the U.S. to the Islamic Republic of Iran's recent attack on Israel. Their exuberant celebrations and justifications for such aggression starkly contradict their professed commitment to peace.
        Iran asserts that the attack was an act of "revenge" against Israel for its targeted killing of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Gen. Mohammad Reza Zahedi in Damascus. The truth is that Iran launched this round of violence: Zahedi is known for his involvement in orchestrating the Oct. 7 massacre of more than 1,200 Jews in Israel by Hamas, including 30 Americans.
        The applause for Iran's military actions starkly contrasts with the silence over the potential risks such aggression poses to sacred sites like the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, over which Iranian projectiles flew. Iran supporters celebrated the projectiles endangering Al Aqsa.
        True advocacy for Palestinian rights and regional peace involves condemning Iran's unprovoked aggressions and the ugly terrorist groups they inflict on the region, such as Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
        The writer is a Palestinian peace advocate, political analyst, and human rights pioneer who founded the Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group in 1996. (Newsweek)

  • In recent weeks, massive amounts of humanitarian aid have entered Gaza in hundreds of trucks. Around 500 trucks are entering the strip daily. What is particularly irksome to Israelis is the fact that this abundance is being showered on the Gazans, who democratically chose Hamas, have never revolted against it, and still support the horrific massacre - all while our captives languish in Gaza's tunnels, enduring unimaginable torture.
  • According to Israeli experts, Gaza is receiving far more than it needs, and the Americans know this down to the smallest details. The Israeli Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) has presented data to the Americans that 21 bakeries are operating in southern and central Gaza and another three in the north. They bake millions of pitas daily. The amount of water produced in the strip exceeds 5 gallons of drinking and cooking water per person per day. There have been 3,350 coordination efforts made between the IDF and aid organizations to facilitate the entry of aid.
  • This picture is well known to the official American representatives. Yet, they are hounding the Israeli leaders with endless demands. Everyone dealing with the issue knows that Israel is allowing far more than Gaza can absorb. "The Americans are driving Minister Ron Dermer crazy 24/7 with all these things, knowing there's no need for them. The UN inside Gaza is failing to distribute what's coming in. So why is more needed?" asks an Israeli who is privy to the data.
  • The American pressure results in an increasing burden for the IDF. Soldiers are required to secure the massive supply convoys, the construction of the seaport on the Gaza coast, the laying of a new water pipeline to the strip, and the opening of a crossing in the north. Defense Ministry inspectors spend nights and days examining the contents destined for the enemy, even though the enemy itself doesn't need it.
  • Meanwhile, the U.S. administration is tacitly endorsing, and sometimes explicitly using, the blood libel about "starvation in Gaza." Yet its officials are well aware that there was never any danger of starvation. Israel has been monitoring the humanitarian situation in Gaza from day one and would never allow this. Yet, the official and deliberate U.S. message is "immediate risk of starvation" - a lie that fuels the anti-Israel propaganda machine, which has been spreading the falsehood of "genocide in Gaza" around the world for months now.
  • One Israeli official said, "In direct conversations with the Americans, you see they are well-versed in the data. We, inside the room, wonder where they're getting these statements from. They know what's happening. They have an interest in not presenting what they know, and not affirming what Israel is saying. They should be saying, 'There is no starvation in Gaza, and Israel is doing everything it can to get food in. The bottleneck is not its fault.' But they choose not to say that."

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