Biden’s National Security Advisor speaks with National Security Advisor of Israel as conflict rages

U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on Tuesday spoke with Israeli National Security Advisor Meir Ben Shabbat, as the conflict between Israel and Hamas rages.

“He condemned the ongoing rocket attacks by Hamas and other terrorist groups, including against Jerusalem and Tel Aviv,” NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne said in a statement.

She added: “He conveyed the President’s unwavering support for Israel’s security and for its legitimate right to defend itself and its people, while protecting civilians. He also conveyed the United States’ encouragement of steps toward restoring a sustainable calm.”

They agreed to continue to stay in close touch.

Mr. Sullivan also spoke today with the Government of Egypt on the situation in Gaza and Jerusalem, and discussed steps to restore calm over the coming days and agreed to stay in close touch, Horne added.

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