Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s closest aide is anticipated to fulfill with senior Biden administration officers and lawmakers Tuesday in Washington, Axios reported, because the U.S. continues to press Israel to cut back its navy operation in Gaza.
Israeli Minister of Strategic Affairs Ron Dermer will meet Secretary of State Antony Blinken, nationwide safety adviser Jake Sullivan and members of Congress, Axios reported.
The assembly comes as tensions proceed to rise between Washington and the Israeli authorities over one of the best plan of action for the Israel-Hamas battle. As worldwide stress for a cease-fire to help Gaza civilians will increase, the U.S. has urged the Israeli navy to cease its all-out assault on southern Gaza amid a rising civilian demise toll.
Greater than 20,000 Palestinians have died within the battle, about 70 p.c of them ladies and youngsters, in keeping with the Gaza Well being Ministry, and almost everything of the territory’s 2.3 million inhabitants has been displaced and is in dire want of assist, the United Nations stated.
Netanyahu stated Monday the battle in opposition to Hamas in Gaza “shall be lengthy,” including it’s “not near ending.”
The prime minister additionally pledged to once more ratchet up strikes on Gaza because the nation’s offensive continues, going instantly in opposition to the recommendation of the Biden administration and European governments.
Netanyahu stated an elevated offensive is one of the simplest ways to make sure the discharge of an estimated 100 Israeli hostages nonetheless stored by Hamas, although U.S. navy leaders have stated the alternative.
Biden administration officers are additionally anticipated to press Dermer on the nation’s post-war plans for Gaza.
The U.S. and its Arab allies have pressed for an unbiased Palestinian authorities, seemingly led by the West Financial institution’s Palestinian Authority, however Israel has rejected proposals for Palestinian Authority management and pledged a navy occupation of the territory.
Airstrikes continued into the early hours of Christmas Day in Gaza, the place about 70 individuals had been killed on the Al-Maghazi refugee camp, the Gaza Well being Ministry stated. The ministry claimed greater than 100 individuals had been killed in strikes Monday throughout Gaza.
“What is going on on the Maghazi camp is a bloodbath that’s being dedicated on a crowded residential sq.,” Well being Ministry spokesperson Ashraf al-Qudra stated.
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