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Israel killed ‘too many’ Gazans, Netanyahu must not squash Hamas in Rafah without new plan

WASHINGTON – President Biden on Monday said Israel would not yet wipe out the last strands of Hamas control in the Gaza Strip because it has already killed “too many” Palestinian civilians and new security measures are needed. warned Israel.

Biden, who spoke alongside Jordan’s King Abdullah II as Middle Eastern leaders visited the White House, escalated his criticism of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — aides say the president was in a heated battle in November. By angering Muslim and Arab voters despite denying the stimulus increase was prompted by polls showing it was at risk of defeat in the state.

“A major military operation in Rafah should not proceed without a credible plan – a credible plan – to ensure the safety and support of the more than 1 million people displaced,” Biden said. He, 81, was referring to Israel’s pending ground invasion of the southern city of Gaza. .

“Many people on the ground have been displaced, fleeing violence to the north and fleeing again and again. And now they are crammed into Rafah, exposed and vulnerable. They must be protected. And we have also been clear from the beginning that we oppose any forced removal of Palestinians from Gaza,” the president said.

President Biden warned Israel that it had already killed “too many” Palestinian civilians and new security measures were needed. AP
Many have criticized President Biden’s efforts to assist civilians injured overseas. zumapress.com

Biden faced massive protests outside the White House and elsewhere after portraying himself as a staunch defender of Israel early in the war and asking Congress for $14.3 billion in military aid. He has been subjected to persistent heckling, calling him “Massacre Joe.”

Biden on Monday noted that Hamas terrorists started the war with an Oct. 7 surprise attack that killed about 1,200 people and kidnapped about 250, but added, “Over the past four months, as the war has escalated, “The Palestinian people have also suffered unimaginable pain and suffering,” he added. loss.

“Of the more than 27,000 Palestinians killed in this conflict, far too many are innocent civilians and children, including thousands of children,” Biden said. Stated.

The president appeared to cite somewhat outdated figures from the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry, which counted more than 28,000 deaths as of Monday.

As opinion polls suggest that the U.S. presidential election is in turmoil, Mr. Biden has gradually become more critical of Mr. Netanyahu. zumapress.com

Early in the war, Biden denied the Hamas Ministry’s claim that 5,000 people were killed in the first 18 days of fighting, saying on October 25: I have no confidence in the numbers the Palestinians are using. ”

Prime Minister Abdullah also on Monday urged both sides to end the war.

“Together with our Arab partners and the international community, we must intensify our efforts towards a ceasefire in Gaza and immediately begin work to forge a political horizon conducive to a just and inclusive peace on two conditions: “This is a national solution,” the king said.

Biden also said on Monday that he was concerned about the standard of living in the Gaza Strip.

Biden noted Monday that Hamas terrorists started the war with an Oct. 7 surprise attack that killed about 1,200 people and kidnapped about 250. Getty Images
A Palestinian looks at the rubble of a building destroyed in an Israeli airstrike in Rafah, a city in the southern Gaza Strip, on February 12, 2024. Xinhua/Shutterstock

“Hundreds of thousands of people do not have access to food, water and other basic services. Many families have lost not just one but many relatives and it is not safe to mourn or bury them. We can’t do that. It’s heartbreaking,” Biden said, also praising pilot Abdullah for participating in the air drop of aid.

“Every innocent life in Gaza is a tragedy, just like every innocent life lost in Israel is a tragedy,” Biden said.

US leaders have said they want a six-week cessation of fighting as part of a hostage exchange deal.

As opinion polls suggest that the U.S. presidential election is in turmoil, Mr. Biden has gradually become more critical of Mr. Netanyahu.

The president said on Thursday that Israel’s response in Gaza had been “overreach” after an official leaked to the press that Biden had privately called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a “terrible person.” In a further leak, three sources told NBC in a report on Monday that Mr. Biden called Mr. Netanyahu a “bastard” at least three times.

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