Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant told White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan in Tel Aviv on Thursday: it will cost “more than a few months” end the Islamic resistance movement. “Hamas is a terrorist organization created for a decade to fight Israel and which has developed infrastructures above and below ground. It will not be easy to destroy them,” he said, according to the newspaper. The time of Israel.
Gallant expressed to Sullivan his gratitude for U.S. support for Israel, including its efforts to free hostages held by Hamas in the Gaza Strip, an enclave controlled by the Islamist group. “The United States and Israel share common interests, common values and, in this war, common objectives. This is important for the State of Israel and essential for the rest of the region,” said the Israeli minister. of the defense.
Gallant and Sullivan discussed military operations in Gaza, as well as tensions in northern Israel over the activities of the Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah and the actions of its allies in Yemen, Iraq and Syria.
The White House national security adviser has already met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. After the meeting, the Israeli prime minister stressed in a video that Israel would continue to fight Hamas “until victory.” “I told our American friends: our heroic army did not fall in vain. With the deep pain of their fall, we are more determined than ever to continue the fight until the elimination of Hamas: until to absolute victory,” he declared.
The media like The New York Times They argue that Washington has urged Israel to at least “scale down” its ground offensive before the end of the year. An official source claims that Tel Avv has been called upon to enter a phase of more precise attacks against Hamas. The new phase could include the use of small elite IDF groups, capable of quickly entering and exiting population centers, carrying out more precise missions to eliminate terrorist leaders, as well as freeing hostages and destroying assets. tunnels.
Sullivan’s trip to Israel comes in the week that disagreements have emerged between Netanyahu and President Biden over how to continue the war, which has entered a third phase, with the ground offensive also expanding into the southern Gaza Strip, where the United States requested to minimize the damage caused to the civilian population.
The intense bombing and ground offensive on the enclave caused the deaths of some 18,800 Gazans, more than 70% of them civilians; more than 50,800 injured and 1.8 million displaced, or 80% of its population.
Biden addressed the issue directly on Tuesday, during a meeting with his campaign donors, when he said that Israel was losing support due to the “indiscriminate bombing” of the Gaza Strip and that Netanyahu should change partners government, now made up of distant parties. right-wing parties opposed to dialogue with the Palestinians and the two-state solution.
Hours earlier the same day, Netanyahu had acknowledged that there were “disagreements” with the United States, his main ally, over the “morrow of Hamas” in the Palestinian Gaza Strip, and he said yesterday that Israel would continue the war despite international pressure. for a ceasefire.
Israel rejects the US proposal that the Palestinian National Authority (PNA), which governs small parts of the occupied West Bank, would take control of Gaza after the war, now in the hands of the Islamist group Hamas.
Biden has shown strong support from the start for Israel to eliminate Hamas and opposes a ceasefire because he believes it would be used by the Islamist group to rearm and attack again.
The UN General Assembly on Tuesday adopted by a large majority a resolution in favor of a humanitarian ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, days after the United States vetoed a proposed Security Council resolution to the same effect.