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Published on April 02, 2024
U.S. and Israeli Officials Solidify Strategy to Counter Hamas Influence in Rafah After Top-Level TalksSource: Unsplash/ Startaê Team

Top U.S. and Israeli officials are digging in for a tough stance on Hamas, following a strategic video call aimed at boosting joint operations. National Security Advisor for President Jake Sullivan and Secretary of State Antony Blinken teamed up with Israeli National Security Advisor Tzachi Hanegbi and Minister for Strategic Affairs Ron Dermer to spearhead the latest session of the U.S.-Israel Strategic Consultative Group (SCG).

During the two-hour secure conference, the allies established a mutual commitment to quashing Hamas in the city of Rafah. According to a White House release, "Both sides were represented by experts and senior officials from across their respective inter-agencies." They concurred on the pressing need to see an end to the sway of the militant group in the region.

While the U.S. laid out points of worry over possible actions in Rafah, the Israelis, keeping an eye on American concerns, have committed to considering these perspectives, prefixed by an agreement to conduct further expert-led discussions under the SCG's watch.

The conclusion of such a candid dialogue symbolizes a continuity in the firm alliance between the U.S. and Israel. "They agreed that they share the objective to see Hamas defeated in Rafah," the joint statement noted, hinting at a synchronized vision. Follow-up gatherings, including an in-person SCG meeting, are on the docket for as soon as next week, further entrenching the collaborative efforts between the two nations.