Blinken tells Gallant alternatives exist to Rafah ground offensive

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken underscores in a meeting with Defense Minister Yoav Gallant that alternatives exist to a ground invasion of Rafah that would both better ensure Israel’s security and protect Palestinian civilians, the State Department says.

Gallant is in Washington on a pre-planned trip at the invitation of Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin.

A plan to send a senior Israeli delegation to Washington to discuss a Rafah offensive was scrapped by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after the US abstained from a UN Security Council vote on a resolution calling for a Gaza ceasefire and a release of the hostages, ensuring it would pass.

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