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C.I.A. Director Visits Israel and the Center East Amid Israel-Hamas Conflict

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William J. Burns, the C.I.A. director, arrived in Israel on Sunday for discussions with leaders and intelligence officers, the primary cease in a multicountry journey within the area, in keeping with U.S. officers.

The go to comes as the USA is making an attempt to prod Israel to pursue a extra focused strategy to attacking Hamas, enable pauses within the preventing for assist to enter Gaza and do extra to keep away from civilian casualties.

The USA can be trying to increase its intelligence sharing with Israel, offering data that could possibly be helpful about hostage areas or any follow-on assaults by Hamas. A U.S. official briefed on Mr. Burns’s journey stated he deliberate to bolster the American dedication to intelligence cooperation with companions within the area.

Mr. Burns will journey to a number of Center Jap nations for discussions in regards to the scenario in Gaza, ongoing hostage negotiations and the significance of deterring the battle with Hamas from widening to a broader context, the U.S. official stated.

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken arrived on Friday to make the case to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and key nationwide safety officers that there are more practical methods to cripple Hamas than the extraordinary air marketing campaign.

A spokeswoman for the C.I.A. stated the company doesn’t touch upon the director’s journey.

Mr. Burns, who has intensive expertise within the area, visited as key intelligence leaders in Israel have been closely criticized for failing to detect the assault and the menace from Hamas extra broadly.

As one of many Biden administration’s most trusted voices on Center East points, Mr. Burns has change into one thing of a roving troubleshooting diplomat for the White Home.

The visits by American officers, notably President Biden, have made an affect on Israelis, a lot of whom have been annoyed with Mr. Netanyahu’s dealing with of the disaster. Nonetheless, there are tensions between Israeli officers and their American counterparts, as the USA pushes Israel to embrace a army marketing campaign that takes extra care to reduce civilian casualties.

American officers say they don’t seem to be telling Israelis what to do, however they’re advising them about their very own experiences with the Iraq battle and drilling into Mr. Netanyahu’s authorities the significance of not imitating America’s missteps after the Sept. 11, 2001, assaults.

Mr. Burns’s go to to Arab nations could also be as essential as his conferences in Israel.

His actual itinerary is unclear, however he’s anticipated to go to Jordan. King Abdullah II canceled a gathering with Mr. Biden after a blast at a Gaza hospital led to excessive casualties. Whereas the USA and Israel have blamed Hamas for the explosion, Hamas has stated Israel is accountable. A lot of Jordan’s inhabitants is ethnically Palestinian, placing the nation, a detailed U.S. ally that has a peace treaty with Israel, in an particularly difficult place because it navigates the fallout from the battle.

Mr. Burns has a very shut relationship with King Abdullah. He was the ambassador to Jordan when King Hussein died and Abdullah ascended to the throne. King Abdullah just lately wrote a letter praising Mr. Burns’s diplomatic abilities for a ceremony honoring the C.I.A. director.