Israeli Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi told US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan that there is a strong possibility of a new and imminent military confrontation in Gaza, according to what Israeli media reported, which also revealed a decline in Tel Aviv’s conditions regarding the reconstruction of the Strip.
The US news website Axios quoted US and Israeli officials as saying that the two countries had recently agreed to form a joint working group to confront the threat of drones and precision-guided missiles produced by Iran and supplied to its allies in the region. Read also From deterrence to terror.. Why is the world afraid of Iran’s missiles? Between containment and pressure.. Learn about the policies of American presidents towards Iran over the past 40 years Watch the US Air Force’s “Thor” shoot down a squadron of drones at once
For its part, the White House said Sullivan affirmed US President Joe Biden’s unwavering support for Israel’s security and commitment to continuing to strengthen the defense partnership between the two countries. According to the statement, Sullivan affirmed – in this context – President Biden’s commitment to ensuring that Iran does not obtain a nuclear weapon.
In turn, the Israeli radio revealed the offer to be made by the Israeli delegation, which will head to Cairo if the calm continues. It indicated that the offer revolved around the reconstruction of Gaza in exchange for information about the captured soldiers of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas).
The radio indicated that the Israeli offer represented a preliminary retreat from the conditions of Tel Aviv not to allow the reconstruction of Gaza until after the return of the Israeli soldiers and citizens captured by Hamas.
In a related context, the Axios website quoted US and Israeli officials as saying that the two countries agreed – during a meeting in Washington last April – to form a joint working group to confront the threat of drones and precision-guided missiles produced by Iran and supplied to its allies in the region, while the President of the Republic spoke Staff of the Israeli army for “exceptional cooperation” with America to confront Iran.
US and Israeli officials stated that the first meeting of the working group was held 3 weeks ago, in the presence of US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and his Israeli counterpart, Meir Ben-Shabbat, and the Israeli delegation proposed – during the meeting – setting up a regional cooperation framework that includes Arab countries, which face a similar threat from Iranian drones and missiles. .
The officials added that the Israeli side proposed imposing a no-fly zone on Iranian-made drones, without details of how this would work. Axios reported that Israeli officials expected the working group’s meetings to continue, because the administration of President Joe Biden sees the threat to US forces in the region as a top priority.