VIDEO | Andonovic: Israel approves plans for offensive in Lebanon, Netanyahu accuses Biden of blocking arms aid

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The conflict between Israel and Hamas enters its 257th day. Operations in Gaza continue, while tensions rise along the Lebanese-Israeli border as well as in the West Bank.

As the fighting continues, the Israeli prime minister and the US secretary of state argue over the delivery of US weapons to Israel – Benjamin Netanyahu wants the full shipment, Anthony Blinken has reservations about sending heavy bombs and missiles with high destructive power.

On the domestic front, resistance to the Netanyahu government is growing, thousands of Israelis have been protesting for days in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

The Israeli army continues its operations in the central and southern part of the Gaza Strip, and in the last 48 hours, attacks were carried out on the Nuseirat and Rafah refugee camps.

As clashes continue in the Palestinian enclave, tensions are rising along the Israeli-Lebanese border. Washington is trying to avoid a "big war" between the two countries after the escalation of cross-border fire between Hezbollah and the Israeli army (IDF), with which the Lebanese prime minister agrees.

However, the Israeli army carried out a series of attacks in southern Lebanon last night, targeting several Hezbollah operatives who they claim have previously participated in launching drones into Israeli territory.

The situation in the West Bank is no better, and the United Nations warns that the situation is worsening dramatically, as Israeli settlers attack Palestinians east of Ramallah.

President Joseph Biden has delayed the delivery of certain heavy bombs since May over concerns about Israeli killings of civilians in Gaza. However, the administration has sought to avoid any suggestion that Israeli forces have "crossed a red line" in the deepening invasion of Rafah that would trigger a tougher arms embargo.

In a short video, Netanyahu spoke directly to the camera in English, sharply criticizing Biden for the "bottlenecks" in arms shipments.

"It is unthinkable in the past few months that the (US) administration is withholding weapons and ammunition for Israel," Netanyahu said, adding: "Give us the tools and we will do the job much faster."

In an emergency address to the nation, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken had promised him the delivery of US arms and ammunition, although it was "inconceivable" that the shipments had not yet arrived.

Blinken's response soon arrived - only one package of heavy bombs was stopped, due to fears that they would be used in the densely populated Rafah area, while, according to Washington, all remaining transfers of US weapons continued to be delivered.

Netanyahu is also facing increasing pressure at home. Thousands of Israelis protested outside the Knesset in Jerusalem, demanding early elections and the overthrow of the government, while similar demands were made at a rally in Tel Aviv.

With Israel's war against Hamas entering its ninth month of fighting, international criticism is mounting over US military and diplomatic support for Israel's campaign of systematic destruction of Gaza, with massive civilian casualties.

The United Nations Supreme Court has ruled that there is a "probable risk of genocide" in Gaza, which Israel strongly denies. Israel blames Hamas for the civilian deaths because the Palestinian organization's fighters operate among the population.

Both Netanyahu and Biden are balancing their domestic political problems with the explosive situation in the Middle East, with the war-stressed Israeli leader increasingly resistant to public criticism of Biden.

Experts say Netanyahu's criticism of Biden is likely aimed at bolstering US support for arms and that there is no major clash between Washington and Tel Aviv.

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