Netanyahu Disregards Biden’s Demand For ‘Significant De-Escalation’: Israel Is ‘Determined To Continue’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu disregarded Biden’s demands for a “significant de-escalation” of the conflict, according to Fox News.

“The President conveyed to the Prime Minister that he expected a significant de-escalation today on the path to a ceasefire,” the White House said in a statement.

Netanyahu expressed that he “greatly appreciates the support of the American president,” however, Israel will push ahead “to return the calm and security to you, citizens of Israel.”

Netanyahu is “determined to continue this operation until its aim is met.”

From Fox News:

Israel has been responding to rocket attacks from Hamas with measures of its own, including airstrikes targeting key Hamas military complexes. The state is facing criticism for the reported 200+ Palestinians killed, as well as strikes such as the one on an evacuated media building – although the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said that it was being used by Hamas, with media outlets being used as cover.

Hamas has launched over 3,000 rockets into Israel since the conflict started nine days ago, and the state’s Iron Dome has intercepted and dismantled more than 90%, according to the Israeli military.

The Biden administration has been supportive of Israel so far, giving clear backing of Israel’s right to defend itself and emphasizing that Hamas is a nationally recognized terrorist organization.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken noted Thursday that there are “fundamental differences between a terrorist organization, Hamas, that is indiscriminately raining down rockets — in fact, targeting civilians — and Israel’s response defending itself, that is targeting the terrorists.” Biden similarly said that Israel “has a right to defend itself.”

But The Associated Press reported that top Biden administration officials have told the Israelis privately that “time is not on their side” in terms of international objections to nine days of Israeli airstrikes and Hamas rockets, and that it is in the best interest of Israel to wind down operations soon.

Biden is increasingly facing pressure from the more progressive left of his own party to ramp up pressure on the U.S. ally, with a number of Democrats complaining that Biden has not been tougher against Israel. A number have objected to a pending $735 million sale of precision-guided missiles to Israel. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, said he has “serious concerns about the timing of this weapons sale, the message it will send to Israel and the world about the urgency of a cease-fire.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has blamed “right-wing extremists in Jerusalem” for the violence, while Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and the leader of the “Squad,” has been critical of Biden’s support for Israel.

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“Blanket statements like these [with] little context or acknowledgment of what precipitated this cycle of violence – namely, the expulsions of Palestinians and attacks on Al Aqsa – dehumanize Palestinians [and] imply the US will look the other way at human rights violations. It’s wrong,” she tweeted last week.

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