White House, Israelis hold call on Rafah offensive after delegation trip axed over UN cease-fire vote

WASHINGTON — Biden administration officers held a video name Monday with their Israeli counterparts a few deliberate navy offensive within the Gazan metropolis of Rafah — after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled an in-person delegation final week to protest the US abstaining from a United Nations Security Council vote urging an “quick cease-fire.”

Secretary of State Antony Blinken and nationwide safety adviser Jake Sullivan led the two-hour assembly of the US-Israel Strategic Consultative Group (SCG) with Israeli nationwide safety adviser Tzachi Hanegbi and Minster for Strategic Affairs Ron Dermer. 

“The 2 sides over the course of two hours had a constructive engagement on Rafah,” the White Home mentioned in a press launch.

The White Home mentioned there could be an in-person follow-up assembly “as early as subsequent week.” Getty Photos

“They agreed that they share the target to see Hamas defeated in Rafah. The US facet expressed its issues with numerous programs of motion in Rafah. The Israeli facet agreed to take these issues under consideration and to have comply with up discussions between consultants, overseen by the SCG.”

The White Home mentioned there could be an in-person follow-up assembly “as early as subsequent week.”

Netanyahu scrapped the deliberate delegation journey final week over the uncommon resolution by the US to not veto a Safety Council decision vital of Israel by abstaining within the 15-member physique.

The Israeli chief mentioned he was outraged that the decision didn’t condemn Hamas, which sparked the conflict with a surprising shock assault on Israeli border checkpoints, cities and a music competition on Oct. 7, murdering about 1,200 Israelis and taking about 250 hostages again to Gaza.

The choice to spike the go to was largely symbolic, as Israel Protection Minister Yoav Gallant went forward with a deliberate go to to Washington final week, the place he met over two days with the highest-ranking Biden administration officers dealing with the battle — together with Blinken and Sullivan.

Hamas nonetheless holds an estimated 134 hostages, together with a minimum of six US residents.

An estimated 100 of these hostages are believed to nonetheless be alive, with the rest thought to have died in captivity.

Israel final month agreed to a US-proposed six-week cease-fire that will have launched all remaining hostages in Gaza in change for Israel releasing roughly 700 Palestinian inmates, together with about 100 convicted of killing Israelis.

Netanyahu scrapped the deliberate delegation journey final week over the uncommon resolution by the US to not veto a Safety Council decision vital of Israel by abstaining within the 15-member physique. Getty Photos

Hamas as a substitute demanded that Netanyahu’s authorities launch the entire roughly 9,000 prisoners held for anti-Israel actions.

Biden staunchly defended Israel early on within the battle and visited the nation on Oct. 18 in a present of help, however has turn into more and more vital in public remarks about the necessity to forestall civilian casualties amid sustained backlash from essential Democratic voting blocs, together with youthful voters, Arab Individuals and Muslims, which threatens his re-election prospects.

Anti-Israel protesters have dubbed Biden “Genocide Joe” — portray the slogan on the White Home’s entrance fence and repeatedly shouting it on the president to interrupt his public occasions.

The Biden administration has quietly accepted billions of {dollars} in arms transfers over the previous month. AFP through Getty Photos

The Biden administration has quietly accepted billions of {dollars} in arms transfers over the previous month, regardless of the president’s growing public criticism of Israel, the Washington Submit reported final week.

The newest provides embrace 1,800 MK84 2,000-pound bombs and 500 MK82 500-pound bombs, the outlet reported — on high of State Division approval of a $2.5 billion switch of 25 F-35A fighter jets and engines.

The Biden administration additionally reportedly is getting ready to approve the sale of fifty F-15 fighter jets to Israel for $18 billion.

Hamas’ areas of management within the Gaza Strip have been lowered considerably within the battle, however the group nonetheless holds Rafah alongside the border with Egypt. A lot of the territory’s greater than 2 million residents are believed to have fled earlier preventing into the final vital pocket of Hamas management.


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