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Israel's Netanyahu rejects international troops for post-war Gaza

Absent an Israeli endgame for governance in Gaza, Washington eyes regional buy-in for a transitional force to enable Israel's military to extract itself from the Palestinian enclave once Hamas is defeated.
A plume of smoke rises over Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip during an Israeli strike on Nov. 9, 2023, amid ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas movement.

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The Biden administration has been unequivocal: Israel gets to decide when victory is achieved in Gaza. Until then, US weaponry will continue to flow with no strings attached.

Yet with more than 11,000 Palestinians dead in just over a month, gentle criticism has begun to emerge from top officials in Washington. On Thursday, Biden’s newly confirmed top general chimed in with his own candid assessment.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff CQ Brown suggested to reporters traveling with him to Tokyo on Thursday that a drawn-out war in the Gaza Strip could undermine Israel’s military aims in Gaza.

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