American National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan is set to discuss this issue with the Israeli War Cabinet during his visit.
The Houthis’ actions are seen as a result of Iran’s influence, coinciding with ongoing missile and drone attacks on Israel following the Gaza conflict.
The White House has proposed the possibility of establishing an international naval force to escort merchant ships in the Red Sea in response to Houthi attacks.
The U.S. has increased its military presence in the Red Sea, considering military strikes against the Houthis.
However, the U.S. aims to avoid escalation and doesn’t want the Gaza conflict to turn into a regional war.
President Biden is cautious about expanding the conflict with Iran and the Houthis, understanding Iran’s role in supporting the group.
There’s pressure on Saudi Arabia to participate in the international naval force, with Russia opposing such involvement. Israel, having military capabilities, is currently relying on diplomatic efforts, urging the U.S. and the international community to address the issue.
Israeli officials emphasize that the Houthi threat extends beyond Israel, impacting international shipping lanes.
Israel has discussed the matter with President Biden and European leaders, expressing willingness to give time for a diplomatic solution.
However, if no resolution is achieved, Israel may take action to remove the naval blockade.
The situation draws historical parallels to the Six Day War when Egypt blocked the Straits of Tiran, leading to conflict. Israel is evaluating various options, including holding Iran accountable for its support of the Houthis, leveraging undisclosed methods.