Assessment: According to a senior U.S. administration official in a background briefing with reporters on Monday, the group has also been discussing the new threat from Iranian unmanned areal vehicles (UAVs).
U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan hosted his Israeli counterpart, Israeli National Security Adviser Eyal Hulata, at the White House on Tuesday morning.
It was the first in-person meeting of the U.S.-Israeli Strategic Consultative Group (SCG), a forum for dialogue between the two advisors and interagency delegations representing defense, military, intelligence and diplomatic officials from both countries.
According to a readout of the meeting, the two sides exchanged views about the various challenges impacting Israel’s security and stability.
Sullivan made it clear that U.S. President Joe Biden is committed to ensuring Israel’s security, promising that the United States will never allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon.
According to the readout, Sullivan confirmed that the administration still believes diplomacy is the best way to achieving that goal, though is ready to turn to other options if diplomacy fails.