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Biden to speak to Netanyahu amid escalating tensions in U.S.-Israel relationship

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is expected to speak Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to two administration officials, which comes amid escalation tensions in their relationship.

The two leaders last spoke over a month ago, on Feb. 15.

National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan is scheduled to appear at the White House press briefing Monday and is expected to discuss the call between Biden and Netanyahu. The conversation comes just days after Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer — the highest-ranking Jewish U.S. official — called for Israel to hold new elections to replace the Israeli prime minister.

Meanwhile, the White House is considering how to respond if the Israeli government ignores the administration’s warnings not to launch a ground invasion in Rafah, a city in the southern Gaza Strip along Egypt’s border, without a credible plan for Palestinian civilians.

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