Biden takes a tougher stance against Israel’s ‘indiscriminate bombing’ of Gaza

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Biden takes a tougher stance against Israel’s ‘indiscriminate bombing’ of Gaza



Dec. 12, 2023

President Biden warned Tuesday that Israel is losing international support over its “indiscriminate bombing” of Gaza, speaking out in unusually strong language as the United Nations neared a vote on demanding a ceasefire in the war between Israel and Hamas.

Israel’s security may rest on the United States, but right now it has more than just the United States. It has the European Union, it has Europe, most of the world supports them, Biden told donors at a fundraiser on Tuesday.

They’re starting to lose that support because of indiscriminate bombings that are happening, Biden said.

The president said he thought Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu understood, but he wasn’t so sure about Israel’s war cabinet. Israeli forces are


carrying out punitive attacks across the Gaza Strip, crushing Palestinians in their homes as the army continues an offensive that officials say could last weeks or months.

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The president issued a harsher-than-usual assessment of Israel’s decisions since October 1. The attack of the militant group Hamas and the actions of Netanyahu’s hardline

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government. Biden’s top national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, is heading to Israel this week for direct consultations.

Biden specifically called out Itamar Ben-Gvir, the leader of a far-right Israeli party and the national security minister in Netanyahu’s governing coalition, who opposes a two-state solution and has called on Israel to reassert control over the entire West Bank. and Gaza area. Ben-Gvir is in the Israeli security cabinet, but is not a member

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The president also reiterated his warnings that Israel should not make the same mistakes of overreaction that the US made after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

He told a famous anecdote about writing on a photo with Netanyahu decades ago, Bibi, I don’t agree with what you have to say. This time, the president added to his retelling of the story: That remains the case.

In Gaza, she sits with her belongings, waiting for her house to be bombed

The fundraiser was part of a gathering of Jewish donors, many of whom attended a Hanukkah reception at the White House on Monday evening.

Asked about Biden’s comments, a senior Hamas official in Beirut said the resistance and steadfastness of the Palestinian people made Biden understand that the Israeli military operation is an insane act.

The consequences [of the war] will be catastrophic for the entity [Israel] and on the results of elections in which Biden could lose his seat in the White House, Osama Hamdan, member of Hamas’s political bureau, said at a press conference.

Biden said that as he warned Netanyahu of a loss of international support over the bombings, the Israeli leader said the US “bombed Germany” and dropped the atomic bomb on Japan in World War II.

That’s why all these institutions were created after World War II, to make sure this doesn’t happen again, the president said. Don’t make the same mistakes we made on 9/11. There is no reason why we had to go to war in Afghanistan. There’s no reason why we had to do so many of the things we did.

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The UN General Assembly was expected to vote on Tuesday on a non-binding resolution demanding an immediate humanitarian ceasefire, days after the US vetoed a similar measure at the UN conference.


Security Council. Britain abstained in the vote by 13-1, but France and Japan were among those who backed the call for a ceasefire. Only Security Council resolutions are legally binding under the terms of the Charter of International Bodies.

Before Biden’s remarks at the fundraiser, Netanyahu said in a statement that he appreciated U.S. support and that he had received full support for the ground invasion and blocking international pressure to stop the war.

Yes, there is disagreement about the day after Hamas and I hope we will reach agreement here as well. I would like to clarify my position: I will not allow Israel to repeat Oslo’s mistake. Gaza will be neither Hamastan nor Fatahstan.

Earlier Tuesday, Sullivan said he would speak to Netanyahu about timetables for ending major fighting in Gaza, and that he


Biden’s thoughts on this. He said he would also like to hear from Netanyahu and Israeli officials on the issue.

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The topic of how they view the timetable of this war will certainly be on the agenda for my meetings, Sullivan said during an appearance at a forum hosted by the Wall Street Journal.

Sullivan suggested that at some point there would be a shift from the intensive Israeli operations of recent weeks to more focused operations to achieve Israeli objectives. He said he would also speak to Netanyahu about his recent comments that the Israeli military would maintain open-ended security control over Gaza after the war was over.

Sullivan reiterated the Biden administration’s position that it does not want Israel to reoccupy or further shrink Gaza.


already a small Palestinian area. The US has repeatedly called for the return of the internationally recognized Palestinian Authority and the resumption of peace talks aimed at establishing a Palestinian state alongside Israel.

I will have the opportunity to talk to Prime Minister Netanyahu about what exactly he has in mind with that comment, because that can be interpreted in a number of different ways, Sullivan said. But the US position on this is clear.

Associated Press writers Will Weissert and Zeke Miller in Washington and Bassem Mroue in Beirut contributed to this report.


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