Israel’s Premier Stands up to Biden over Gaza: Why the Abstention Led to a Cancellation

Israeli delegation to the US canceled by Netanyahu over UN vote on Gaza ceasefire

Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, has cancelled the visit to Washington of two of his closest advisors after the United States abstained from voting on a resolution in the UN Security Council. The decision to cancel the delegation’s visit was a departure from Netanyahu’s usual stance on the Security Council and was seen as a response to Washington’s abstention.

The canceled delegation was set to be led by National Security Advisor Tzaji Hanegbi and Minister of Strategic Affairs Ron Dermer. The purpose of the visit was to discuss alternatives to a potential invasion of the Rafah area in southern Gaza, following a disagreement between Netanyahu and US President Joe Biden on the matter. The cancellation of the visit highlights the strained relationship between the two allies during the conflict.

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant’s visit to Washington, however, was not affected by the cancellation. Gallant is scheduled to meet with US officials to discuss alternatives to defeat Hamas that would minimize the impact on the civilian population. The US has expressed concerns about the consequences of a large-scale military operation in Rafah and has proposed alternative approaches to achieve Israel’s objectives.

Gallant’s visit will focus on obtaining systems and ammunition from the US to preserve Israel’s military advantage in the region. The visit comes at a time of escalating tensions between the two countries, with differences emerging over

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