Approximately 2,000 American soldiers were instructed to be “prepared to deploy” if necessary to support Israel in its conflict with Hamas, according to a report the Pentagon did not dispute this week.
“Right now I don’t have anything else to offer.” Sabrina Singh the Deputy Press Secretary responded to a question on the claim during a press gaggle, saying, “I could possibly be able to provide you with additional information later, but at this point, I just do not have anything further to add.”
The Wall Street Journal reported that about 2,000 troops received instructions to get ready for a possible move to help Israel. There are currently many thousands of troops positioned in the Middle East as well as Europe who would be part of this group. It wasn’t clear from the report exactly how many are going to go to Israel.
A source told the WSJ that the troops’ jobs include giving advice and medical help. The only thing that was said was that the troops are “from across the United States armed services.”
“The officials noted that they aren’t meant to serve in an active combat role,” the report says. The “ready to deploy” order has not been given for any infantry.
This week, Lt. Colonel Jonathan Conricus, the spokesperson for the Israeli Defense Force, said that Israel would not ask for U.S. troops to assist with fighting in Israel.
“The IDF will handle the fighting,” he declared, as reported by Visegrad 24.
Singh said that a small team is already helping to rescue hostages at the U.S. embassy in Israel, in addition to the military force there.
“As you know, we’re helping Israel, which is in charge, with planning and gathering information about the hostage situation. In addition to the embassy staff, we do have a limited number of people in Israel to help in this endeavor, but not many,” she stated.
“I would describe it as a role of advice and help. In order to help the Israeli Defense Force rescue hostages, they are there to give them support and information. Beyond that, she didn’t want to say anything else, but it truly is to advise and assist.”
It is not known how many American hostages are in Gaza after Hamas terrorists attacked southern Israel, killing over 1,300 people and taking over 100 prisoners, which includes Americans.