January 10, 2024 Israel-Hamas war

By Kathleen Magramo, Sana Noor Haq, Antoinette Radford, Aditi Sangal, Elise Hammond and Tori B. Powell, CNN

Updated 12:03 a.m. ET, January 11, 2024
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10:52 p.m. ET, January 9, 2024

Blinken says Israel must move toward two-state solution if it wants Arab help on lasting security

From CNN's Jennifer Hansler

Antony Blinken attends a news conference in Tel Aviv on January 9.
Antony Blinken attends a news conference in Tel Aviv on January 9. Evelyn Hockstein/AP

The Israeli government must move toward a two-state solution if it wants the help of Arab partners in the region with lasting security, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said at a news conference in Tel Aviv on Tuesday.

In some of his most direct comments on the matter, Blinken noted that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu must rein in the far-right tendencies of his government to achieve any progress in the future.

"Israel must stop taking steps that undercut Palestinians' ability to govern themselves effectively. Extremists settler violence carried out with impunity, settlement expansion, demolitions, evictions all make it harder — not easier — for Israel to achieve lasting peace and security," he said.
"Israel must be a partner to Palestinian leaders who are willing to lead their people in living side by side in peace with Israel and as neighbors."

The top US diplomat met with Netanyahu following meetings with leaders in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Jordan.

"As I told the prime minister, every partner that I met on this trip said that they're ready to support a lasting solution that ends the long-running cycle of violence and ensures Israel's security. But they underscored that this can only come through a regional approach that includes a pathway to a Palestinian state," Blinken said.

"If Israel wants its Arab neighbors to make the tough decisions necessary to help ensure lasting security, Israeli leaders will have to make hard decisions themselves."
8:22 p.m. ET, January 9, 2024

WHO warns it "cannot afford" to lose hospitals in southern Gaza

From CNN's Niamh Kennedy

The World Health Organization has stressed that it "cannot afford" to lose the remaining operational hospitals in southern Gaza, warning the enclave's health care sector is collapsing at a "rapid pace." 

As Israeli calls for evacuations continue to push people to the south of the strip, WHO said it has strained the region's already stretched facilities. The region's hospitals are now "bursting with patients" and internally displaced people, WHO Emergency Medical Team Coordinator Sean Casey told a news briefing Tuesday.

Only 13 of 36 hospitals in Gaza are partially functioning, and bed occupancy is at 351%, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Ramallah.

Casey, who has carried out a number of WHO missions to hospitals in Gaza, described the "intensification of hostilities" around the European Hospital in the southern city of Khan Younis as "really worrying." 

"We cannot lose the health facilities. They absolutely must be protected. This is the last line of secondary tertiary health care that Gaza has from the north to the south," Casey stressed.

Richard Peeperkorn, a WHO representative in the occupied Palestinian Territory, also told the briefing: "We cannot afford to lose any hospital."

9:17 p.m. ET, January 9, 2024

Israel faces a genocide case in international court this week. Could it halt the war in Gaza?

From CNN's Abbas Al Lawati

Palestinians evacuate the area following an Israeli airstrike on the Sousi mosque in Gaza on October 9.
Palestinians evacuate the area following an Israeli airstrike on the Sousi mosque in Gaza on October 9. Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images

Israel is set to appear before the International Court of Justice this week in a high-stakes case that could determine the course of the brutal war in Gaza.

It is an unprecedented case. Experts say it is the first time the Jewish state is being tried under the United Nations’ Genocide Convention, which was drawn up after World War II in light of the atrocities committed against the Jewish people during the Holocaust.

The South African government, a successor to the apartheid regime that was made a pariah on the international stage three decades ago, brought the case against Israel, accusing it of being in breach of its obligations under the convention in its war on Hamas in Gaza.

Israel has firmly rejected the accusation, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calling it a “false accusation.”

Israeli President Isaac Herzog said on Tuesday his country will present a case “using self-defense” to show it is doing its “utmost” under “extremely complicated circumstances” to avert civilian casualties in Gaza.

Eliav Lieblich, a professor of international law at Tel Aviv University, told CNN the case is significant politically and legally.

“An allegation of genocide is the gravest international legal allegation that can be made against a state,” he said.

Read more about the international court case.