The Biden administration has advised Israel to delay a ground invasion of Gaza, hoping to buy time for hostage negotiations and to allow more humanitarian aid to reach Palestinians in the sealed-off enclave, according to several U.S. officials. American officials also want more time to prepare for attacks on U.S. interests in the region from Iran-backed groups, which officials said are likely to intensify once Israel moves its forces fully into Gaza. American officials say they hope the ground invasion will be delayed, but they are wary of playing into the narrative Iran and its allies have long spread about the United States secretly controlling Israel. Instead, the president offered a series of questions that should be answered before a ground invasion starts. Advises Israel to Delay Gaza Invasion, Officials Say appeared first on New York Times.