Israeli Minister of Strategic Affairs Ron Dermer will meet with nationwide safety adviser Jake Sullivan and Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Washington on Tuesday, a White Home Nationwide Safety Council spokesperson confirmed.
Dermer, an in depth ally and confidant of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, “is assembly with Secretary of State Tony Blinken and Nationwide Safety Advisor Jake Sullivan this afternoon for face-to-face consultations on a lot of issues associated to the battle in Gaza and the return of hostages held by Hamas,” Nationwide Safety Council spokesperson Adrienne Watson mentioned Tuesday in a press release to The Hill.
Axios earlier reported the assembly with Dormer and Biden administration officers was set to happen Tuesday. It comes because the administration has sought to stress Netanyahu’s authorities to reduce its bombardment of Gaza.
The Israeli assault, launched in response to the Oct. 7 assault by Hamas fighters, is estimated to have killed greater than 20,000 Palestinians, in line with numbers from the Gaza Well being Ministry. The United Nations has warned that with out permitting assist into the territory, these nonetheless in Gaza may also face continuous threats of hunger, sickness and displacement.
Netanyahu has publicly spurned the thought of a drawdown regardless of stress from U.S. and European officers, saying Monday that the assault on Gaza is “not near ending.”
“Whoever talks about stopping, there is no such thing as a such factor,” he mentioned Monday throughout a go to to Gaza.
Hamas has launched 110 of the hostages taken throughout the Oct. 7 assault up to now, with lots of the releases occurring throughout a November short-term cease-fire brokered by the U.S. Israeli officers have mentioned Hamas nonetheless holds 129 hostages, together with 21 Israelis believed to be useless in that determine. The Israeli navy confirmed in mid-December that Israeli navy troopers by accident shot and killed three hostages.
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