Israel Cancels Visit of Advisors to Washington After US Abstains from Gaza Ceasefire Resolution Vote

Israeli delegation to the US canceled by Netanyahu over UN vote on Gaza ceasefire

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has taken a significant step in cancelling the visit of two of his closest advisors to Washington after the US abstained from voting on a resolution in the UN Security Council, which allowed for the approval of the first ceasefire resolution in Gaza in nearly six months of war.

The cancelled delegation, led by National Security Advisor Tzaji Hanegbi and Minister of Strategic Affairs Ron Dermer, was intended to discuss alternatives to a potential invasion of the Rafah area in southern Gaza, following a disagreement between Netanyahu and US President Joe Biden on the matter. The decision to cancel the visit marks a departure from Netanyahu’s usual stance on the Security Council and was seen as a response to Washington’s abstention.

In contrast, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant’s visit to Washington was not affected by the cancellation. Gallant is scheduled to meet with US officials to discuss alternatives to defeat Hamas that would minimize the impact on civilian populations. The US has expressed concerns about the consequences of a large-scale military operation in Rafah and has proposed alternative approaches to achieve Israel’s objectives.

Gallant’s visit will focus on obtaining systems and ammunition from the US to maintain Israel’s military advantage in the region. However, it comes at a time when tensions are escalating between Israel and its ally due to differences emerging over strategies for dealing with Hamas in Gaza. The US is wary of potential fallout from major military operations and is advocating for a more cautious approach to conflict resolution.

Washington’s stance reflects its desire to avoid further escalation and prioritize civilians’ safety and well-being in the region. The Biden administration has expressed concerns about humanitarian impacts resulting from military operations in Rafah and is working with Israel to find alternative solutions that align with their shared goals.

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