Netanyahu’s Bold Move: Canceling Visit to Washington of Two Advisors Amid Tensions with the US

Israeli delegation to the US canceled by Netanyahu over UN vote on Gaza ceasefire

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has taken a bold step by canceling the visit to Washington of two of his closest advisors. The decision to cancel the delegation came after the United States abstained from voting on a resolution in the UN Security Council, allowing the approval of the first ceasefire resolution in Gaza in almost six months of war. The cancellation was seen as a response to Washington’s abstention and departure from Netanyahu’s usual stance on the Security Council.

The canceled delegation was set to be led by National Security Advisor Tzaji Hanegbi and Minister of Strategic Affairs Ron Dermer. They were scheduled to discuss alternatives to a potential invasion of the Rafah area in southern Gaza, following a disagreement between Netanyahu and US President Joe Biden on the matter. The cancellation highlights the strained relationship between Israel and its key ally during this conflict.

However, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant’s visit to Washington is not affected by the cancellation. Gallant is scheduled to meet with US officials to discuss alternatives to defeat Hamas that would minimize the impact on civilians. The US has expressed concerns about the consequences of a large-scale military operation in Rafah and has proposed alternative approaches to achieve Israel’s objectives.

Gallant’s visit will focus on obtaining systems and ammunition from the US to preserve Israel’s military advantage in the region. It comes at a time when tensions are escalating between Israel and its key ally, with differences emerging over how best to deal with Hamas in Gaza.

Washington’s stance on the conflict reflects its desire to avoid further escalation and prioritize civilian safety in

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