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Netanyahu Cancels Washington Visit for Advisors Amidst Gaza Ceasefire Talks, Tensions with US Over Invasion

BySamantha Nguyen

Mar 26, 2024
Netanyahu cancels Israeli delegation to US over abstention on Gaza ceasefire at UN

The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has decided to cancel the visit of two of his closest advisors to Washington following the abstention of the United States in the UN Security Council vote, which allowed for the approval of the first ceasefire resolution in Gaza in almost six months of war. Netanyahu’s office criticized the abstention, stating that it gives Hamas hope that international pressure will force Israel to accept a ceasefire without releasing hostages, thus undermining efforts both in war and to free them.

Netanyahu’s decision reflects growing tensions between Israel and the US over how to address the situation in Gaza. The delegation that was canceled was led by National Security Advisor Tzaji Hanegbi and Minister of Strategic Affairs and former ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer. Both were part of Netanyahu’s inner circle and were scheduled to travel to Washington to explore alternatives to invading Rafah in southern Gaza.

The cancellation came after a phone conversation between Netanyahu and US President Joe Biden, during which they disagreed on whether an invasion was necessary to end Hamas. While Biden is opposed to a major ground operation in Rafah due to its potential impact on civilians and regional stability, Netanyahu believes it is necessary to defeat Hamas once and for all.

The decision does not affect another visit by Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, who is expected to meet with US defense officials next week in Washington D.C., where he will discuss alternatives with defeating Hamas that do not have major consequences for civilians as a new large-scale military operation in Rafah would be disastrous for both sides involved. Gallant will also discuss arms deliveries from the United States and how Israel can preserve its qualitative military advantage amid rising threats from Iran and Hezbollah.

The White House is concerned about the impact of a major military operation on civilians in Gaza, as well as its implications for regional stability and international relations. Biden has expressed differing views on how best

By Samantha Nguyen

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