Thu 16 May 2024 4:18 pm - Jerusalem Time

US National Security Advisor arrives in Israel on Sunday to discuss the Rafah invasion

US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan will arrive in Israel next Sunday to discuss the Israeli military operation in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, according to Hebrew media.

The Hebrew news website Ynet said on Thursday that Sullivan will arrive in Israel on Sunday in light of the Israeli operation in Rafah.

The website indicated that Sullivan will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Yoav Galant, and Minister in the War Cabinet Benny Gantz.

According to the website, “Sullivan will arrive in Israel after a visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where he will advance the issue of normalization.”

He added: "Sullivan will discuss the Israeli army's operation in Rafah, and Israel has promised him that until his arrival there will not be a large-scale operation."

The United States of America says that it opposes a "broad" Israeli military operation in Rafah, but it continues to support Tel Aviv in its devastating war on the Gaza Strip, even though the largest percentage of casualties ever are civilians, including in Rafah itself.

Before Sullivan's arrival, Gallant announced that the government would send more forces to Rafah, in further defiance of Arab and international warnings about the danger this would pose to hundreds of thousands of civilians, most of whom were displaced in the city in the far south of the Strip on the border with Egypt.

Israeli statements attempt to show consideration for ensuring the safety of civilians as much as possible. In this context, since last week, the Israeli army has been issuing evacuation orders and directing civilians towards areas it claims are “safe,” while UN and Palestinian authorities confirm that “there is no safe place” in the entire Gaza Strip.

As a result of the war and Israeli restrictions, the residents of Gaza are suffering from “famine,” especially in the Gaza and northern governorates, in light of the severe scarcity of food, water, medicine, and fuel supplies due to the siege, especially with the escalation of the bombing and the encirclement of the siege with the Israeli army taking control of the Rafah border crossing with Egypt last week.


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US National Security Advisor arrives in Israel on Sunday to discuss the Rafah invasion