Rubio Suspends Israel-Hamas Conflict Could Last Months

On Sunday, Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) suggested that the ongoing conflict between Israel and the militant group Hamas may endure for several months before reaching a resolution.
“This isn’t going to be a quick 72-hour or two- to three-week situation,” he stated during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “Hamas has entrenched itself deeply, operating from concealed tunnels. It’s not just Hamas; there are other groups like Islamic Jihad involved as well.”

Rubio acknowledged that finding a solution would be a complex undertaking but emphasized that Israel, with U.S. support, possesses the capability to see it through.

“This will come at a significant cost to all parties involved, and they are aware of that,” he remarked. “Based on the information available, it appears that we’re looking at a situation that could extend into months rather than days or weeks. I sincerely hope I’m mistaken and that it concludes more swiftly, but that’s the prevailing outlook.”

As of Saturday, the death toll on both sides had risen to over 3,600, with thousands more sustaining injuries since the commencement of hostilities last weekend. Among the casualties, the State Department confirmed at least 29 American citizens.

Meanwhile, Israel is preparing for an imminent ground offensive in Gaza. On Friday, Israeli authorities issued evacuation orders to more than one million Gaza residents, affording them a 24-hour window to escape harm’s way.

Rubio also addressed the issue of Hamas using civilians as shields and cited recent reports indicating that civilians were being prevented from leaving.

“While I can’t comment on intelligence specifics, I believe that much of the publicly available information aligns with what has been said,” he asserted. “The first step is likely an incursion into Gaza aimed at eradicating Hamas.

I believe that, especially with the resupply role we are playing, Israel has the capability to achieve this. However, it won’t be an easy task, given that Hamas has extensively booby-trapped the area.”