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Biden says Netanyahu is making a “mistake” on Gaza

Biden says Netanyahu is making a “mistake” on Gaza

(Washington) President Joe Biden on Tuesday spoke out against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's policy in the Gaza Strip, calling it a “mistake” and calling for an Israeli ceasefire.

“I think what he's doing is wrong. I don't agree with his approach,” the US president said in an interview with Spanish-language channel Univision when asked about Israel's conduct of the war.

These are among the harshest comments by the US president against the Israeli leader as the US grows impatient with the ongoing humanitarian disaster in the besieged Palestinian territory by the Israeli military.

He considered it “scandalous” that a humanitarian convoy of the NGO World Central Kitchen was targeted by an Israeli strike that killed seven members of the NGO.

“What I'm asking is that the Israelis call for a ceasefire and allow them full access to food and medicine coming into the country for the next six or eight weeks,” he said. Mr. Biden.

He said last week Mr. spoke with Netanyahu on the phone, raising for the first time the possibility of conditioning US aid to Israel on “firm” measures in this humanitarian situation.

Photo by Leo Correia, Agence France-Presse Archives

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

The US president once again “talked to everyone from the Saudis to the Jordanians to the Egyptians. They are ready to go. They are ready to bring this food.

“I believe there is no excuse not to provide medicine and food to those who need it. This has to happen now,” he said.

The United States gives Israel billions of dollars in military aid, but demands that Israel do more to allow humanitarian aid.

While they welcome the initial steps announced by Israel, such as the “temporary” opening of new crossing points into Gaza, particularly at Erez in the north, they await “results”.

Vice President Kamala Harris also welcomed relatives of American hostages held by Hamas in Gaza to the White House as negotiations for the release of the hostages and a cease-fire in Gaza continue.

“We want results. We want our loved ones back,” Rachel Goldberg, whose son Hersh Goldberg-Pohl is among the hostages, told reporters.

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