Biden Cautions Netanyahu on Floor Offensive in Southern Gaza

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President Biden warned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel on Sunday {that a} floor offensive in southern Gaza shouldn’t proceed and not using a plan to guard the greater than 1.4 million Palestinians clustered there, the newest signal of frustration by the White Home over rising civilian deaths from Israel’s army assault.

Throughout the name on Sunday, in line with an outline from the White Home, the 2 leaders additionally mentioned ongoing negotiations with Hamas to launch Israeli hostages in Gaza in change for a cease-fire and the discharge of Palestinians being held in Israeli jails.

Final week, Mr. Netanyahu bluntly rejected as “ludicrous” a response from Hamas within the negotiations that known as for Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza and the liberating of Palestinian prisoners in change for the discharge of greater than 100 Israeli hostages in Gaza.

However each American and Israeli officers have mentioned subsequently that there’s nonetheless room for compromise within the negotiations. A senior administration official who spoke about Mr. Biden and Mr. Netanyahu’s name on the situation of anonymity expressed optimism concerning the state of the talks, including that they’d proceed over the following week to handle “important gaps” between the 2 sides.

“The president emphasised the necessity to capitalize on progress made within the negotiations to safe the discharge of all hostages as quickly as potential,” in line with the White Home assertion. “He additionally known as for pressing and particular steps to extend the throughput and consistency of humanitarian help to harmless Palestinian civilians.”

Mr. Biden has strongly supported Israel’s resolution to retaliate for the Oct. 7 terrorist assault by Hamas that killed an estimated 1,200 individuals. However because the White Home faces rising stress from the progressive wing of the Democratic Get together over the administration’s help of Israel’s army, Mr. Biden’s criticism has grown more and more blunt. On Thursday, he mentioned Israel’s army operations in Gaza have been “excessive.”

The feedback have been one other indication of accelerating frustration within the White Home with Mr. Netanyahu over the hovering variety of civilian deaths in Gaza, the place greater than 27,000 individuals have been killed, in line with well being authorities within the strip run by Hamas. Mr. Netanyahu, who is targeted on interesting to the far-right flank of his coalition to keep up his maintain on energy, has additionally rejected the Biden administration’s name for a two-state resolution after the struggle.

Mr. Biden on Sunday “reaffirmed his view {that a} army operation in Rafah shouldn’t proceed and not using a credible and executable plan for guaranteeing the protection of and help for the multiple million individuals sheltering there,” in line with the White Home.

In an interview with ABC Information that aired on Sunday, Mr. Netanyahu mentioned, with out giving specifics, that Israel was “figuring out an in depth plan” to maneuver Gazans north of Rafah. Egypt has already mentioned it is not going to settle for Palestinians who attempt to cross the border.

Mr. Biden is predicted to debate the struggle once more on Monday when he hosts King Abdullah II of Jordan on the White Home.