Absolute support in public

The spokesman for the US National Security Council, John Kirby, at a press conference in Washington, his country supports Israel's decision to resume war against Hamas in the impoverished and besieged Gaza Strip.

"When Israel decides to pursue Hamas again, it will find support from the United States," he told reporters.

At the same time, Kirby said, "We will continue our efforts with Qatar and Egypt to extend the humanitarian truce and secure the release of the hostages."

"I don't mind. But"

Behind closed doors, the United States also reiterated their support for Israel, albeit more severely.

The American and Israeli websites "Accesso" and "No" consistently quoted the details of the meeting of US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, with Israeli military and political leaders.

The expected Israeli military operation in southern Gaza was the main topic of the meeting.

A source described what took place at the meeting as a "frank exchange of views," indicating growing differences between the two sides over how to continue the Israeli military operation in Gaza.

Attack plans?

Blinken began the meeting by asking for a summary of the attack plans in southern Gaza and how long it would take.

The US secretary of state did not ask for a halt to the Israeli offensive, despite the significant risks it entails for the people of Gaza.

But he said the longer the operation lasted, the more international pressure there would be on the United States and Israel to stop the attack.

"More than weeks"

During the meeting, Israeli Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi said the Israeli military operation in Gaza, including in the southern Strip, "will take more than a few more weeks."

The White House has expressed concern about any Israeli military operation in the southern Gaza Strip, where more than 1.7 million people displaced from the war have settled after the Israeli army forced them to leave their homes in the northern Strip.

The Biden administration fears the resumption of fighting could deepen Gaza's humanitarian crisis.

Efforts to extend the truce

Earlier in the day, Egypt's State Information Service reported that Egyptian and Qatari negotiators were pushing for a new two-day extension of the truce in Gaza with the release of more detainees and increased delivery of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip.

Diaa Rashwan, head of the State Information Service, said in a statement that Thursday's extension includes the release of 10 Israelis held by Hamas and 30 Palestinian prisoners, in addition to providing the same levels of humanitarian aid as during the past six days.

Egypt will continue to do its utmost to ensure the continued flow of humanitarian aid to the northern and southern Gaza Strip.