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Israeli minister goes to Washington for crucial negotiations on the conflict in Gaza.

Netanyahu told his cabinet that the “disagreement” with Washington, which criticizes the high number of civilian deaths in Gaza, will be resolved soon.

Israel’s Defense Minister, Yoav Gallant, travels to the United States this Sunday (23) to participate in “crucial” negotiations on the war in the Gaza Strip against the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas and the increase in tension in Lebanon with the pro group -Iran Hezbollah.

Netanyahu told his cabinet this Sunday that the “disagreement” with Washington, which criticizes the high number of civilian deaths in Gaza, will be resolved soon.

“In light of what I have heard over the past day, I hope and believe that this issue will be resolved in the near future,” he added.

At a time of tension between Israel and the United States, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant travels to Washington to, in his own words, “address the events in Gaza and Lebanon.”

“Our ties with the United States are more important than ever. Our meetings with American officials are crucial to the war,” Gallant said in a statement.

Israel’s northern border, with Lebanon, is the scene of increased violence between the Israeli Army and Hezbollah, an ally of Hamas, which raises fears of the conflict spreading to other countries in the Middle East.

The pro-Iran group announced this Sunday that it attacked two military positions in northern Israel with drones, in response to the death of one of its commanders.

“Dozens of terrorist targets”

In Gaza, Israeli bombings continue incessantly. Witnesses reported attacks this Sunday in the vicinity and center of the city of Rafah, the extreme south of the Palestinian territory, where the Army began a ground offensive on May 7.

Bombings were also reported in Gaza City, to the north, and tanks opened fire on the Nuseirat refugee camp, in the center.

The Israeli Army indicated that fighter jets on Saturday attacked “dozens of terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip, including military installations and infrastructure, in targeted operations” in Rafah.

“The terrorists were eliminated in hand-to-hand combat and by snipers and drones” in the center of the territory, adds a military note.

The war began on October 7, when Hamas militants invaded southern Israel and killed 1,194 people, most of them civilians, according to a report based on official Israeli data.

They also kidnapped 251 people, of which 116 people remain in captivity in Gaza, including 41 who reportedly died, according to the Israeli Army.

In response, Israel began an offensive in the Gaza Strip, governed by Hamas since 2007, which left at least 37,598 dead, also mostly civilians, according to the territory’s Ministry of Health.

“Remove this government”

Netanyahu, for whom Israel is waging a “war for its existence”, is increasingly under pressure in the country.

More than 150,000 people, according to organizers, participated on Saturday in a demonstration in Tel Aviv against Netanyahu’s government: the group called for early elections and the return of the hostages.

“The only way to achieve change here is to remove this government, to remove the extremists,” declared Maya Fischer, a 36-year-old protester, during the protest, the largest since the start of the war.

“It’s time to end the war, bring the hostages and save lives, both on the Israeli and Palestinian sides,” he added.

Negotiations for a ceasefire are at a standstill. Netanyahu insists that he will continue the war until the destruction of Hamas, considered a terrorist group by Israel, the United States and the European Union.

Nearly 2.4 million people are crowded and on the brink of starvation in the narrow Palestinian territory, according to the UN.

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