White House Holds Talks with Israel on Gaza Offensive Concerns
White House Holds Talks with Israel on Gaza Offensive Concerns

In Washington, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan met with Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant for a second day. The talks revolved around the U.S. urging Israel not to launch a ground offensive in Rafah, Gaza.

This meeting follows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's move to block an Israeli delegation from meeting American counterparts. Netanyahu took this action after the U.S. abstained from voting on a UN resolution demanding a ceasefire in Gaza.

President Joe Biden is pushing to prevent Israel from launching an offensive in Rafah due to dire humanitarian conditions and the potential for civilian casualties. Rafah serves as a refuge for about half of Gaza's population, who have been displaced due to ongoing conflict.

According to Palestinian authorities, over 32,000 people have died in Gaza since Israel initiated its operation in response to Hamas militants' attacks on southern Israel.

White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre emphasized Sullivan's reassurance of unwavering U.S. support for Israel. The officials also discussed the importance of increasing humanitarian aid to Gaza while minimizing civilian casualties in Rafah.

During a speech in Raleigh, North Carolina, President Biden briefly addressed protesters calling for increased aid to Gaza, acknowledging their concerns and emphasizing the need for more assistance.

U.S. officials have been engaged in negotiations to secure the release of hostages held by Hamas, proposing a six-week ceasefire and the release of Palestinian prisoners as part of the deal. Progress has reportedly been made in recent days.

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