ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 139

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Biden meets US senior officials on Gaza developments

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

US President Biden met this morning with Secretary of State Tony Blinken, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, Principal Deputy National Security Adviser Jon Finer, Homeland Security Adviser Liz Sherwood-Randall, and White House Chief of Staff Jeff Zients this morning for updates on the situation in Gaza, the administration says.

Biden “directed his team to follow up on coordination with Israel on all aspects of the crisis and to continue their work with regional partners to warn anyone who might seek to take advantage in this situation,” the White House says, in a likely reference to efforts to keep Hezbollah out of the fight.

“This afternoon, President Biden will be speaking with several of our close allies about the latest developments in Israel and we will have more to share soon.”

German Chancellor Olaf Schulz earlier said he would speak with Biden and leaders from the UK and France on the issue Monday.

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