Biden administration’s top aid to visit Saudi Arabia, Israel as Rafah tensions escalate

Biden administration’s top aid to visit Saudi Arabia, Israel as Rafah tensions escalate

NATIONAL Security Adviser Jake Sullivan will travel to Saudi Arabia and Israel as Washington tries to dissuade the Jewish state from expanding its military operations in southern Gaza.

Sullivan’s trip to Saudi Arabia was supposed to take place in April but got postponed last minute after the American official had an injury.

The National Security Adviser will discuss Israel’s military operation in Rafah in southern Gaza during his trip to the region.

The Biden administration and Israel reached an understanding that Israel would not expand its limited operations in Rafah before Sullivan’s visit, according to a senior U.S. official.

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) said about 360,000 people have fled Rafah since Israel issued partial evacuation orders for the city’s eastern neighborhoods last week.

Sullivan will also talk about normalization between Israel and Saudi Arabia during his diplomatic tour. The proposed normalization between Israel and Saudi was touted as the Deal of the Century that was delayed after Hamas attacked Israel on October 7.

The deal will forge a new era of relations between the Jews and the Arabs divided by political tensions, military conflicts, and other issues.

Both Saudi Arabia and Israel share common threats – Iran and and the Sunni Islamist political opposition – which brought the Arab and the Jewish state into an unlikely alliance.

 

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