A top Biden aide meets with Israeli military officials, and other news.

By John Mercury May 21, 2024
  • The U.S. national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, met on Monday in Tel Aviv with Israeli officials including Yoav Gallant, the defense minister, who briefed him on the war against Hamas and on efforts to evacuate civilians from the city of Rafah, according to an Israeli government statement. Mr. Sullivan met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday as the United States and other countries push Israel to limit its incursion into Rafah.

  • Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s two main partners in running the war have challenged him to come up with a decisive strategy for what should happen in Gaza when the fighting ends. While the demands from Yoav Gallant, the defense minister, and Benny Gantz, a centrist former military chief, laid bare the divisions in Mr. Netanyahu’s wartime government, analysts said they were unlikely to bring about major change.

  • A renewed Israeli offensive in Jabaliya in northern Gaza, which came under intense attack earlier in the war, is newly displacing thousands of people. “We’re so exhausted,” said one resident. “You see it in our faces. We want to cry at times, but we’re unable to.”


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