US ‘disappointed’ by Netanyahu’s decision to cancel delegation’s trip to discuss Rafah

White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby says the US is “disappointed” by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision not to send an Israeli delegation to Washington to discuss alternatives to a major invasion of Rafah.

“We’re very disappointed that they won’t be coming to Washington DC to allow us to have a fulsome conversation on the viable alternatives to going in on the ground in Rafah,” Kirby tells reporters in a briefing.

Netanyahu canceled the planned trip a short while ago directly after the US refrained from using a veto to block a UN Security Council resolution that called for a ceasefire without conditioning it on the release of hostages.

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