U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan is to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other top officials to discuss the Israel-Hamas war.
U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan was set to arrive in Israel on Thursday for meetings with top officials about the war against Hamas.
Sullivan was slated to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Israeli military headquarters in Tel Aviv.
Sullivan will also hold discussions with Israeli President Isaac Herzog, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, Minister Benny Gantz and other members of the War Cabinet.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken was in Israel earlier this month, and American Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is scheduled to visit next week.
The visits come amid reports that the Biden administration is pressuring Israel to shift tactics in the Gaza Strip, from an intensive ground, aerial and naval campaign to targeted attacks on terror leaders.
On Tuesday, U.S. President Joe Biden said that Israel was losing the world’s support, and that Netanyahu needed to “change” and embrace the two-state solution.
“This is the most conservative government in Israel’s history,” said Biden, adding that the government “doesn’t want a two-state solution.”
“I think he has to change and—with this government, this government in Israel is making it very difficult for him to move,” Biden said, per a White House transcript.
Hours earlier, Netanyahu said that Biden fully supports Israel’s goal of destroying Hamas, even if there are disagreements on post-war plans.
“Following an intensive dialogue with President Biden and his team, we received full backing for the ground incursion and blocking the international pressure to stop the war,” said Netanyahu.
“Yes, there is disagreement about ‘the day after Hamas’ and I hope that we will reach agreement here as well,” stated the premier, vowing not to repeat the “mistake” of the Oslo Accords, signed between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization in 1993 and 1995.
“After the great sacrifice of our civilians and our soldiers, I will not allow the entry into Gaza of those who educate for terrorism, support terrorism and finance terrorism,” said Netanyahu.
“Gaza will be neither Hamastan nor Fatahstan,” he added, referring to the Fatah faction controlled by P.A. chief Mahmoud Abbas.
Image: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan in Jerusalem, Jan. 19, 2023. Photo by Kobi Gideon/GPO.