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‘Netanyahu: More deaths from starvation in US than Gaza’ – Times of India



NEW DELHI: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has dismissed allegations from the International Criminal Court (ICC) that Israel is using starvation of civilians as a method of warfare in Gaza. The ICC‘s top prosecutor, Karim Khan, had requested arrest warrants for Netanyahu and Israeli defense minister Yoav Gallant, citing “reasonable grounds to believe” they were guilty of war crimes including the starvation of civilians.
Netanyahu, in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, strongly refuted these claims, arguing that the accusations are baseless. “Let’s take this charge of starvation: We’ve put in 500,000 tons of… food and medicine for this population. We’ve taken 20,000 trucks. We’ve paved roads to put those trucks in. We’ve opened border crossings that Hamas closed down. I’ve had airdrops, sea route supplies,” he said. “I mean the whole thing is absurd. You should know this, I mean, the prices of food in Gaza have dropped by 80 percent. The markets don’t lie.”
Netanyahu pointed out the relatively low number of reported malnutrition cases in Gaza compared to the United States. “There’s talk about 23, I think, or 30 cases of malnutrition in a population of 2 million… Okay, the United States in 2022 had 20,000 deaths of malnutrition. That’s three times more than in Gaza,” he said.
The ICC’s accusations also include claims that Israel has obstructed aid deliveries and attacked civilians queuing for food. Netanyahu vehemently denied these charges, accusing the ICC of anti-Semitism. “This kind of slander has been leveled at the Jewish people for ages, and it’s renewed now against the Jewish state,” he said.
International humanitarian organizations and UN officials have repeatedly raised concerns about aid distribution issues in Gaza, citing insufficient supplies to prevent mass hunger. According to Gaza’s health officials, at least 32 people, including 28 children, had died of malnutrition and dehydration as of April 1. A UN-backed report in March warned that over 70% of Gaza’s population faces “catastrophic hunger,” with two out of every 10,000 people expected to die daily from starvation, malnutrition, and disease without immediate aid.
The UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) announced that food distribution in Gaza’s southern city of Rafah was suspended due to lack of supplies and security concerns amid Israel’s military operations. The delivery of international aid has significantly decreased since Israel intensified its offensive, closing the border crossing to Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.
Comparing the situation to the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that malnutrition deaths in the US more than doubled to over 20,500 in 2022, particularly affecting the elderly and low-income populations.
As the debate continues, the humanitarian situation in Gaza remains dire, with international bodies calling for immediate action to prevent further loss of life due to starvation and malnutrition.

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