The Gaza Famine That Never Was

"Famine is imminent" in northern Gaza, the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC), a network of Western governments, the United Nations, and nonprofit groups, warned in March, prompting unfounded accusations that Israel is using starvation as a war tactic. The IPC’s report was quickly amplified by outlets like the Washington Post, which foretold "imminent famine" in Gaza. Politico, the New York Times, and CNN alleged Israel is guilty of war crimes.

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But on Tuesday, the IPC revised its initial assessment, saying that the projected famine in Gaza did not come to fruition in May. "The available evidence does not indicate that Famine is currently occurring," the organization said in its latest report, which notes that Israel has significantly increased aid and that conditions as a whole in Gaza have drastically improved.

This is the latest example of an international agency walking back its initial assessment of the situation in Gaza. 

Ed Morrissey

There are a number of entities that seek to amplify Hamas propaganda in order to pressure Israel into conceding the war Hamas started. Unfortunately, the Biden administration is among those entities. The idea that Israel is responsible for feeding Gaza after Gaza's recognized government started a war with an atrocity-filled invasion on October 7 is patently absurd in the first place. We didn't adhere to that policy in any wars we fought; we only brought aid after formal capitulation or utter destruction of the enemy.

Don't want to face starvation? Don't start wars. 

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