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Netanyahu says Israel will launch Rafah invasion without US, if necessary

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that Israel will launch a ground operation in Rafah without US backing, if necessary.

He said that he told visiting US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday that there was no way to defeat Hamas without an invasion of Rafah.

"And I told him that I hope we will do it with the support of the US, but if we have to - we will do it alone," he said.