US expects Israel to hold off on Rafah until after rescheduled meeting

US expects Israel to hold off on Rafah until after rescheduled meeting


The White House expects Israel to hold off on a ground invasion into the southern Gaza city of Rafah until after top advisers to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet with U.S. officials in a rescheduled meeting at a time yet to be determined.

Israeli Strategic Affairs Minister Ron Dermer and Israeli national security adviser Tzachi Hanegbi planned to travel to the United States for meetings with administration officials about alternatives to full-scale operations in Rafah, but Netanyahu opted to cancel the meeting on Monday following the U.S.’s abstention in a U.N. Security Council resolution regarding the war that ultimately passed.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said on Wednesday that the U.S. and Israel are in talks to reschedule the canceled meeting, while National Security Communications

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