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Netanyahu changes mind after US cease fire vote, will go ahead with sending delegation to Washington

Both Israel and U.S. officials are trying to settle on a date to meet.

Published: March 28, 2024 8:42am

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is reportedly planning to send two officials to the United States to discuss with the White House alternatives to a ground invasion in the Palestinian city of Rafah in southern Gaza. 

Netanyahu earlier this week canceled the planned trip after the U.S. decided not to block a United Nations resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in Israel's war on Hamas, which is now focus on Rafah.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Wednesday that both sides are finding a date that works for both parties, according to Axios.

"I thought the US decision in the security council was very, very bad," Netanyahu said in a meeting with Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., according to the Jerusalem Post. 

Israel is expected to carry out a massive ground operation in Rafah, to which many in the U.S. government are opposed. 

Vice President Kamala Harris said during an interview with ABC News that the U.S. will not rule out "consequences" for Israel if the Rafah invasion happens. 

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