US President Joe Biden’s envoy, State Department Senior Energy Security Adviser Amos Hochstein, arrived in Israel for talks on preventing war with Lebanon. As RBC reports, the Axios portal writes about this with reference to American and Israeli officials.
There is “growing concern” in the White House that Israeli military action in Lebanon is raising tensions along the border, which could lead to a wider fighting zone, a US official said. Some Biden administration officials are concerned that Israel is trying to provoke the Lebanese group Hezbollah and create a pretext for a wider war in Lebanon, the newspaper notes. Israeli officials deny this.
Hochstein is expected to meet with Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, Israeli Strategic Affairs Minister Ron Dermer, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi and Israeli National Security Adviser Tzachi Hanegbi, the Israeli official said.
Hochstein visited Lebanon two weeks ago. As Axios wrote, he, through Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri and other Lebanese officials, conveyed a “strong warning” to Hezbollah not to escalate the situation. Then the American official stressed that the United States does not want Israel’s conflict with the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas in the Gaza Strip to spread to Lebanon. Pentagon Chief Lloyd Austin also expressed concern about this to Israeli Defense Minister Gallant.
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