Footage published by the Houthis from the takeover of the Galaxy Leader ship/documentation on social networks under Section 27A of the Copyright Law
The United States and Israel are divided over how to respond to attacks by Yemen's Houthi rebels, who have launched missiles and drones at Israel and ships in the Red Sea in recent weeks, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, citing U.S. officials and others. They said Washington had told Jerusalem to leave it with the military response against the Iranian-backed Houthis, fearing that its response would prolong the war.
According to a report published this week in Politico, officials in President Joe Biden's administration are frustrated with his policy toward the Houthis, who control northern Yemen. However, Reuters reported yesterday that Saudi Arabia, which is in talks to end the war in Yemen with the Houthis, is pleased with the American response so far. Riyadh fears a renewed fighting that will affect it as well, as it tries to concentrate on strengthening its economy and achieving regional stability.
Yesterday, a U.S. warship in the Red Sea intercepted a Houthi-launched drone for the sixth time since the rebels began attacking ships passing through the area. At the same time, the Arrow system intercepted a surface-to-surface missile that made its way into Israeli territory and set off an alarm in Eilat.
The Houthis claimed responsibility, saying they had fired "several ballistic missiles at military targets in Eilat." The rebels, who are part of the Iranian-led "resistance" axis, promise to continue attacking Israel until the "aggression" in Gaza stops.
Gunmen watch the Galaxy Leader ship seized by the Houthis off the coast of Yemen, Dec. 5, 2023/Reuters
The dispute over how to respond to the growing Houthi threat was mentioned in a Wall Street Journal article, along with the disagreements between the US administration and the government regarding the continuation of the fighting in the Gaza Strip and the day after. While the Biden administration believes the war against Hamas should end within weeks rather than months, Israeli officials have not committed to it. However, they expressed their desire to return to normal, mainly due to fear of the economic damage from an ongoing war.
"We all recognize that the longer the war, the harder it will be for everyone," a U.S. official was quoted as saying. In addition, the Biden administration believes that the stated goal of Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to "destroy" Hamas is unrealistic, and instead focus on toppling it from power in Gaza.
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