The White House has not set a deadline for ending military operations against Hamas, US Deputy National Security Adviser Jonathan Feiner said this evening. He said the United States wanted to see the elimination of Hamas' governmental capabilities in Gaza, as well as the removal of the threat Hamas posed to Israel.
In a speech to the Aspen Security Forum, Feiner said the United States believed many of Israel's security targets were in the southern Gaza Strip, including the Hamas leadership in the area, according to Israeli sources.
"We have influence over how the war is carried out but we don't have total control," Feiner said. The deputy adviser clarified that it was important for the United States to ensure that humanitarian aid would be transferred to the residents of Gaza and that foreign residents would be allowed to leave the Gaza Strip for Egypt. The United States played a significant role in these activities, alongside advancing the outline for the release of the abductees carried out about a week ago.
Regarding the Houthi attacks, he said, "The Houthis would not be able to do what they are doing without the help they receive from Iran. We see Iran's involvement and funding in all their attacks."
"We reserve our right to respond militarily to Iran's aggression in the region. For now, we are moving forward on the path of sanctions and forming an international coalition that will work to secure commercial maritime routes," he added.
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