Joe Biden is pushing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to “de-escalate conflicts’ with Hamas, according to The Western Journal.
“The two leaders had a detailed discussion on the state of events in Gaza, Israel’s progress in degrading the capabilities of Hamas and other terrorist elements, and ongoing diplomatic efforts by regional governments and the United States.”
“The President expressed his support for a ceasefire and discussed U.S. engagement with Egypt and other partners towards that end.”
“The President welcomed efforts to address intercommunal violence and to bring calm to Jerusalem.”
“He encouraged Israel to make every effort to ensure the protection of innocent civilians.”
“We don’t want just a tactical end. We want to ensure the continual safety, for as long [a] period as we can, of our citizens,” Netanyahu stated.
Donald Trump said, “Biden’s weakness and lack of support for Israel is leading to new attacks on our allies.”
From The Western Journal:
Biden pushed for an end to Israeli airstrikes if Hamas also stopped firing rockets, but Netanyahu has said Israel will continue fighting until Hamas’ military capacity is reduced, The Times reported.
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Netanyahu and Israeli military officials are discussing whether Hamas has been sufficiently deterred by the military action, The Journal reported.
Israel has launched hundreds of airstrikes and says it has killed 130 Islamic militants so far. Over 200 people have been killed in Gaza, according to territory officials.
Twelve Israelis have been killed by Hamas rockets and missiles, according to emergency services and the Israeli military. Israel blames Hamas for starting the conflict by firing rockets at Jerusalem on May 10.
Two people familiar with Monday’s call said Biden told Netanyahu that he couldn’t put off growing international pressure forever, according to another New York Times report.
Both Democrats and Republicans have been calling for the Biden administration to take sides in the conflict, The Wall Street Journal reported.