Israeli officials agree to consider US concerns about Rafah following virtual meeting

by ian

Top US and Israeli officials met virtually yesterday to discuss Israel’s planned ground offensive in southern Gaza city of Rafah.

President Biden has urged Israel not to invade the city – citing the high number of refugees. So far Israel has rejected those warnings, saying it must eliminate the Hamas battalions hiding in the city. No agreement was reached during yesterday’s meeting – other than Israel agreeing to consider an alternative plan laid out by the US.

A joint statement said “The U.S. side expressed its concerns with various courses of action in Rafah. The Israeli side agreed to take these concerns into account and to have follow up discussions between experts.” Those follow-up talks could take place as early as next week.