Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan together with Secretary of State Antony Blinken convened the Strategic Consultative Group (SCG) with Israeli counterparts today by secure video conference.  The Israeli side was chaired by National Security Advisor Tzachi Hanegbi and Minster for Strategic Affairs Ron Dermer.  Both sides were represented by experts and senior officials from across their respective inter-agencies.  The two sides over the course of two hours had a constructive engagement on Rafah.  They agreed that they share the objective to see Hamas defeated in Rafah. The U.S. side expressed its concerns with various courses of action in Rafah.  The Israeli side agreed to take these concerns into account and to have follow up discussions between experts, overseen by the SCG.  The follow up discussions would include in person SCG meeting as early as next week.


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