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US, Israeli teams strategize in wake of Iran’s massive missile attack

The talks began by analyzing future threats and reviewing additional efforts to enhance Israel’s defensive capabilities.

Jake Sullivan, the U.S. national security advisor of the United States, speaks at the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem in December 2023. Credit: U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.
Jake Sullivan, the U.S. national security advisor of the United States, speaks at the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem in December 2023. Credit: U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.

The U.S.-Israel Strategic Consultative Group (SCG) met in Washington, D.C., on Thursday to discuss ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, particularly after Iran launched more than 300 drones and missiles towards Israel on the night of April 13-14. 

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan convened the meeting to develop plans for the next steps vis-à-vis Iran. Ron Dermer, Israel’s minister for strategic affairs, and National Security Advisor Tzachi Hanegbi represented the Jewish state.

The talks began by analyzing the Iranian threat and reviewing additional efforts to enhance Israel’s defensive capabilities. Sullivan provided a briefing on sanctions and further plans in coordination with G7 leaders to counter Tehran’s aggression.

The dialogue shifted to a planned operation by the Israel Defense Forces to enter the city of Rafah in the southernmost part of the Gaza Strip to topple the last strongholds of Hamas while continuing the flow of humanitarian aid to Palestinians.

The group plans to go over more detailed war plans soon.

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