White House: News Israel agrees to accommodate our concerns over Rafa

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During a video meeting on Monday, the White House said Israel had agreed to take into account US concerns about a threatened attack on Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

The White House said the U.S. side expressed concern over “various activities in Rafah” during the summit, and officials from both sides agreed to hold further discussions at an expert level. Early next week.

On Monday, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and National Security Adviser Jack Sullivan held a meeting with their Israeli counterparts as part of the “Strategic Advisory Working Group” via video conference.

The White House said the two sides had “constructive” discussions on Rafah and agreed on the goal of defeating Hamas.

The US has been the biggest supporter of Israel's nearly 6-month-old war in the Gaza Strip, establishing an air and sea bridge to deliver thousands of tons of weapons and ammunition.

But the US administration has called on Israel to refrain from occupying Rafah until a plan is in place to evacuate civilians who have moved to the city from various parts of the Gaza Strip to escape the war, estimated at around 1.4 million.

Israel agreed to send a delegation to Washington to discuss plans to attack Rafah, but canceled the trip after the United States refused to use its veto in the Security Council against a resolution calling for a cease-fire in Gaza.

The United States abstained from voting after delaying the passage of resolutions calling for an armistice three times.

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