Tuesday Briefing: Israel’s New Phase in Gaza | ET REALITY


Israel has begun a new, less intense phase of its invasion of Gaza, its military said, after weeks of pressure to scale back its offensive. But his chief of staff said the country was ready for “another war” against Hezbollah, and said a commander was killed in an attack in Lebanon.

The Israeli military’s top spokesman said the new phase would involve fewer airstrikes and ground troops in Gaza after a withdrawal began this month. He said Israel would now focus on Hamas’ southern and central strongholds.

“We can expect more targeted operations rather than broad maneuvers,” Patrick Kingsley, our Jerusalem bureau chief, told us. “Whether that alleviates civilian suffering remains to be seen: attacks clearly continue, killing dozens each day, and more than 80 percent of Gazans are displaced, many of them without a home to return to.”

The killing of Hezbollah commander Wissam Hassan al-Tawil came a day after Israel said it had killed at least seven Hezbollah members in the Radwan unit, which Israel says aims to infiltrate its northern border. A Lebanese official said al-Tawil was in that unit.

Lebanon: Hezbollah attacks damaged an Israeli military base on Saturday, one of the group’s largest attacks in months. The Biden administration has been calling for a deal that would move Hezbollah forces away from the border.

Diplomacy: Antony Blinken, the US Secretary of State, arrived in Israel yesterday for talks aimed at preventing the conflict from turning into a broader regional war.

Sharif, a three-time former prime minister, was disqualified from running for life in office in 2017. He never completed any of his terms, having been ousted by corruption allegations or by a military coup. He left for London in 2019 but returned in October to revive his political career.

Context: Pakistan has been reeling from a political and economic crisis since April 2022, when former Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is in prison but remains widely popular, was ousted by a parliamentary vote of no confidence after losing the support of the military establishment. .

The Vulcan Centaur rocket lifted off early yesterday morning from Cape Canaveral, Florida, sending a robotic spacecraft toward the moon. The rocket launched successfully, but a spacecraft it was carrying malfunctioned and likely will not be able to land on the lunar surface.

The Vulcan was built by United Launch Alliance, a joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin, which could challenge SpaceX’s primacy.

It was also carrying a secondary payload for Celestis, a company that sends people’s ashes or DNA into space. Among those whose remains are found on this voyage is Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek. Also included are hair samples from three American presidents.

He had no family, no funeral, and no further instructions: he simply asked that his ashes be buried in the Hartsdale Pet Cemetery, north of New York City.

But who was this woman who had died more than 3,000 kilometers away? And why would she be buried in a pet cemetery, all alone?

“Oppenheimer,” the successful Christopher Nolan biopic, practically swept the Golden Globes. The film won five trophies: best drama, director, actor, supporting actor and music. (“Barbie,” its box office twin, was the most nominated film and won in the rather insignificant category of best box office hit).

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