The United States, through its Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, stressed that protecting civilians is Israel's moral responsibility during its operations in Gaza, echoing similar calls from Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

The US secretary of state has also warned against the forced displacement of Palestinians in line with Egypt's tough stance on the matter.

As soon as efforts to extend the temporary humanitarian truce in the Gaza Strip failed, Israel launched a new phase of its military operations in the Strip.
A phase that brings with it more suffering for the residents of the Gaza Strip and more risks of the conflict spreading.

The destination of the new Israeli military operations is Khan Yunis, the second largest city in the Gaza Strip.

The city and its vicinity were heavily bombarded in anticipation of a large-scale ground operation in northern Khan Yunis, similar to what Israel had done in the northern Gaza Strip.

Israeli forces issued evacuation warnings to residents of Khan Yunis and the surrounding rural areas, demanding that they move south towards Rafah, which has no shelter left for Gazans.

Residents said the army dropped leaflets ordering them to move to the border town of Rafah or to a coastal area in the southwest.

The leaflets warned that Khan Younis was a dangerous fighting zone. Israel says it is working across the Gaza Strip to completely eliminate Hamas.

The new evictions exacerbate the suffering of the population, as about one million people displaced from the northern Gaza Strip are crowded in the southern areas and Khan Yunis in particular. Gazans are left with only the town of Rafah, which borders Egypt.

Israel continues to carry out attacks and evacuation requests, despite the United States warning it of a massive mass exodus and demanding that it avoid the large numbers of masked civilian deaths that occurred during its operations in northern Gaza.

Israeli pressure on Gazans to flee south also raises concerns for Egypt, which has repeatedly warned of the consequences of attempted forced displacement of Gazans.

How will Washington react as Israel's approach in Gaza continues?

Speaking to Sky News Arabia, Dr. Mohamed Ezz Al-Arab, head of the Arab and Regional Studies Unit at Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies, said:

Israel's failure to achieve its main objectives explains its aggressiveness in the war and its targeting of civilians.

• The lack of rigor on the American side in pressuring Israel to rein in it.

• Israel's public disregard for U.S. warnings.

• Israel's goal at this stage is to prolong the war and complicate negotiation processes to escape accountability.

• Egyptian-Jordanian categorical rejection of the forced displacement of Palestinians from Gaza so that the Israeli plan to expand in the Gaza Strip is not realized.

• Israel's exploitation of the division in the US administration in its favor, especially during the election period.

• The need for American candidates to win as many votes as possible from the Jewish lobby to tip the balance and win elections.

• Israel's desire to improve its image in the local community, especially after the failure to free Hamas detainees.

• The outcome of the war will determine Netanyahu's political future and its continuity.

The head of the Jerusalem Center for Studies, Dr. Ahmed Rafiq Awad, confirmed to Sky News Arabia:

Washington's support for Tel Aviv in seeking to eliminate Hamas.

• Israeli misinformation about its genocide against civilians in Gaza and its failure to comply with international laws.

Israel's main objective of the war is the displacement of civilians from the Gaza Strip.

• The contradiction of the American rhetoric is what strengthened the Israeli position in shaping the future of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

Fred Flitz, executive director of the Center for Security Policy, told Sky News Arabia that there is tension between the United States and Israel following its military operations on civilians.

Flitz added:

• The Israeli government continues to procrastinate and does not commit to stopping the war in order to pressure Hamas to release the hostages.

• The Biden administration's attempt through its statements to satisfy the parties supporting Israel from within the United States.

• The US administration's awareness of the consequences of the war on the elections.

• The Biden administration's tough tightening of Israeli decisions could strain relations between the two countries.

• The US administration's rejection of the forced displacement of Palestinians and Israel's call for compliance and respect for international law.

• The American public, through opinion polls, pressured the Biden administration to push Israel to stop the war.