The Biden administration condemned Israel in recent private talks, warning that the country does not have “credibility” to continue the war for months, The Times of Israel reported.
The news organization cited “leaked remarks” from the meeting, which were originally published in Hebrew translation by Israel’s Channel 12 and back-translated into English by the Times.
According to reports, Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) Chief Helj Halevi and Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant on Thursday and said the IDF is attacking southern Gaza, home to 2 million Palestinian civilians. He reportedly told authorities that it would not be possible. They similarly invaded the northern part of the Strip. according to In the Times of Israel. Officials told Blinken that the entire country was prepared for a long war to destroy Hamas, the newspaper said. (Related article: ‘He blew it’: Jewish groups condemn Biden as White House stokes Islamophobic fears after Hamas attack)
“All of Israeli society is united in the goal of dismantling Hamas, even if it takes several months,” Gallant told Blinken, according to the Times of Israel.
“I don’t think you deserve that credit,” Blinken responded, according to the newspaper.
Since Hamas attacked Israel on October 7, killing about 1,400 Israelis and taking about 250 hostages, President Joe Biden and his administration have supported Israel in its war against the terrorist organization. I have been committed to that.Biden said in October that Hamas must be eliminated and called for a two-state solution, Reuters report.
According to Israel’s Channel 12, Blinken clashed with Israeli ministers. He said, “We can’t repeat the way we fight in the north in the south. There are 2 million Palestinians there.” He also said, “We can’t keep the war going for months. We’ve got weeks. ”
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Blinken’s explicit warning to the Israel Defense Forces about a protracted war appears to be a change in the Biden administration’s position. Biden reportedly called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday and expressed similar concerns about how the country plans to fight in southern Gaza. Axios report. (Related: Biden reportedly firing shots at Obama amid Israeli backlash)
During his meeting with Israel’s war cabinet, Blinken did not call for a halt to the ground invasion, but reportedly warned that the longer the war drags on, the more international pressure on the US and Israel will increase, according to Axios. Among them, the following three were mentioned. An anonymous source with direct knowledge of the meeting. Blinken urged authorities to take steps to limit the number of Palestinian civilian casualties in future fighting in the south, the newspaper said.
“I’ve made it clear that the high level of civilian casualties that occurred in the North cannot be repeated in the South. Intentions matter, but so do results,” Blinken said at a press conference Thursday. .