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US Urges Israel to Shift Strategy in Conflict with Hamas

The Biden administration has communicated to the Israeli government its desire for Israel to end its large-scale ground campaign in Gaza and move to a more targeted phase of its war against Hamas.

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan discussed this strategic shift with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, emphasizing the importance of transitioning to operations that focus on high-value targets and intelligence-driven raids.

White House Press Briefing Insights

National Security Council spokesman John Kirby, during a press briefing, relayed Sullivan’s discussions with Netanyahu.

Sullivan inquired about the future of Israel’s military campaign, focusing on more surgical and precise targeting, and increasing the flow of aid.

A significant aspect of Sullivan’s discussions in the region involved the protection of civilians. The death toll in Gaza has reached nearly 20,000, with two-thirds being women and children. In Israel, about 1,200 people were killed in the Hamas attack on Oct. 7.

Israeli Adjustments and US Recommendations

Israeli officials have briefed the U.S. on potential timeframes for their military campaign, adjusting strategies based on U.S. advice and recognition that this is ultimately Israel’s war.

U.S. officials also emphasized the protection of hospitals, even when used by Hamas, as part of their discussions with Israeli counterparts.

Biden, addressing a separate event, stressed the importance of saving civilian lives while continuing to target Hamas, urging Israel to be more careful in its operations.

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant indicated that the war against Hamas could extend over several months, a timeline acknowledged by the U.S.

With information from NBC News.

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