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Israel to focus on targeting Hamas leadership, says Biden’s security advisor

Shift in War Strategy

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Biden’s security advisor, Jake Sullivan stated that the war would transition to a phase focused on targeting Hamas leadership with precision.

This change aims to continue addressing the threat posed by Hamas through intelligence-driven operations.

US Stance on Civilian Casualties

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Sullivan emphasized the US’s expectation of Israel’s intent to minimize civilian casualties in Gaza.

He acknowledged Israel’s efforts to differentiate between Hamas targets and civilian areas.

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Israel’s Target Selection Process

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Responding to CNN’s Alex Marquardt, Sullivan noted Israel’s process of selecting targets to avoid civilian harm.

The US consistently urges Israel to ensure its actions align with the intent to protect innocent lives.

US-Israel Rift on Civilian Casualties

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A public rift emerged between Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over civilian casualties in Gaza.

Sullivan’s comments came amid heightened US concern about the impact on civilians.

Transition to Localized Strategy

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US officials anticipate a shift in Israel’s strategy to a more localized approach targeting specific Hamas militants.

This hyper-localized strategy is expected to commence possibly by January.

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Israeli Defense Minister’s Outlook

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Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant told Sullivan the Gaza war would last more than several months.

Gallant expressed confidence in Israel’s ability to defeat Hamas.

Sullivan’s Diplomatic Efforts

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Sullivan’s remarks were made ahead of his visit to the West Bank, demonstrating US support for Israel and concern for civilian casualties.

His trip includes discussions on reducing civilian harm in Gaza.

Meeting with Palestinian Authority President

Sullivan met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.

They discussed increasing humanitarian aid for Gaza and a path towards a two-state solution.

Biden Administration’s Middle East Goals

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The Biden administration seeks a more peaceful and integrated Middle East region.

Discussions also revolved around the administration’s support for a two-state solution.

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Disagreement on Palestinian Governance

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Biden and Netanyahu differ on the role of the Palestinian Authority in governing Gaza post-conflict.

The US supports Palestinian Authority governance in Gaza, which Netanyahu opposes.

Role of the Palestinian Authority

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The Palestinian Authority governs the West Bank, while Hamas controls Gaza.

Hamas presents itself as an alternative to the Palestinian Authority.

Kamala Harris’ Adviser’s Involvement

US Vice President Kamala Harris delivers remarks at the 113th NAACP National Convention in Atlantic City, NJ. July 18, 2022, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA — Photo by thenews2.com

Vice President Kamala Harris’ national security adviser, Phil Gordon, also met with Palestinian leaders.

These meetings indicate ongoing US diplomatic engagement in the region.

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Biden’s Call for Reduced Civilian Casualties

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Biden has urged the Israeli government to take concrete steps to minimize civilian casualties in Gaza.

He emphasized the need to focus on saving civilian lives while continuing the fight against Hamas.

Impact of the Conflict

The conflict has resulted in significant casualties, with Hamas attacks and the Israeli response leading to thousands of deaths.

Biden’s administration is vocal about reducing the impact on civilians amid the ongoing conflict.

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