Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, contends that the humanitarian efforts accompanying the war in Gaza are integral to Israel's strategy.
He emphasizes allowing only the "bare minimum""bare minimum" of fuel trucks into Gaza to prevent disease outbreaks that could disrupt the ongoing ground operation. Netanyahu argues that adherence to the laws of war is crucial, as a collapse in Gaza could lead to diseases, pandemics, and groundwater infections, resulting in a cessation of hostilities.
In response to concerns about the potential loss of leverage against Hamas if more humanitarian aid is permitted, Netanyahu asserts that there is no contradiction between war efforts and essential humanitarian aid. Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant supports this stance, stating that Israel has the right to make demands regarding humanitarian aid, including facilitating Red Cross visits to Israeli hostages in Gaza and allowing the transfer of related elements such as medicines.
Netanyahu acknowledges dynamic decisions based on the evolving humanitarian situation, noting a reduction in the number of daily fuel trucks allowed into Gaza from four to two. However, international aid organizations argue that the current level of aid reaching Gaza remains insufficient.
On Monday, Lynn Hastings, the United Nations humanitarian coordinator, warned of an impending dire situation, stating that a "more hellish scenario is on the verge of unfolding" unless additional aid is permitted to enter Gaza.
Mirjana Spoljaric Egger, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), emphasized the necessity of an uninterrupted and consistent supply of aid into Gaza during her visit on Monday, stressing that such access must be allowed.