Israel’s successful rescue of two hostages held in Rafah has led to increased support for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, despite American pressure not to launch a broad military operation in the area. The “New York Times” reported that the operation was one of the only successful rescues of this kind, while the “Wall Street Journal” noted Israel’s intention to operate in Rafah, which is seen as the last stronghold of Hamas.
The IDF spokesman, Brigadier General Daniel Hagari, announced this morning (Monday) that the rescue operation was successful and resulted in the release of Fernando Simon Marman and Louis Har who were kidnapped from Nir Yitzhak (the Leimberg-Har family). Both are currently being treated at Sheba Hospital and are in good condition. The operation was led by the Special Operations Command of the Shin Bet and involved IMM fighters and the Shin Bet’s operational unit.
The success of this operation may lead to an increase in support for Netanyahu as he faces pressure from the United States not to launch a full-scale military operation in Rafah. The Israeli government has been under intense scrutiny for its actions in Gaza, with many critics accusing it of committing human rights abuses and war crimes. However, Netanyahu has maintained that Israel has a right to defend itself against terrorism and protect its citizens.