Biden: Response in Gaza Strip ‘over the top’

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    (JNS) – U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday appeared to describe Israel’s military response to Hamas’s Oct. 7 massacre as “over the top,” adding that he was seeking a “sustained pause” in the war.

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    “I’m of the view, as you know, that the conduct of the response in Gaza, in the Gaza Strip, has been over the top,” Biden told reporters at the White House.

    “I’ve been pushing really hard, really hard, to get humanitarian assistance into Gaza. There are a lot of innocent people who are starving, a lot of innocent people who are in trouble and dying, and it’s gotta stop,” he said.

    On Wednesday, Biden had used the phrase “over the top” in reference to Hamas’s counteroffer to a U.S.-backed framework proposal for a ceasefire-for-hostages deal between Israel and the Palestinian terror group.

    “I’ve been working tirelessly for this deal—how can I say this without revealing it—to lead to a sustained pause in the fighting, the actions taking place, in the Gaza Strip. And, because I think if we can get the delay for that, an initial delay, I think that we would be able to extend that so that we can increase the prospect that this fighting in Gaza changes,” said Biden on Thursday.

    The White House declined to elaborate on or clarify the American leader’s remarks.

    The comments come as the Democratic president is under intensifying domestic pressure to compel Jerusalem to end the fighting ahead of the November election in the U.S.

    Earlier this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in an address to the nation that his government would not agree to the “delusional demands” Hamas is making as part of ceasefire negotiations.

    Bowing to the terrorist organization’s demands would lead to another massacre and a “major disaster” that no Israeli citizen can accept, Netanyahu emphasized, adding: “We are on our way to total victory. Total victory over Hamas will not take years. It will take months. Victory is within reach.”

    Also Wednesday, Netanyahu and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken “held a long and in-depth meeting in private” in Jerusalem.

    During his trip to Israel, the top U.S. diplomat stressed it was “essential” to go ahead with ceasefire talks, noting that “there’s still a lot of work to be done. But we continue to believe that an agreement is possible and indeed essential, and we will continue to work relentlessly to achieve it,” Blinken said.

    Israel has repeatedly rejected proposals for a permanent ceasefire and maintains that it will continue in its goal to eradicate Hamas, return the remaining 136 captives and ensure that Gaza can never again pose a threat to the Jewish state.

    For its part, the Biden administration is reportedly bucking decades of U.S. foreign policy by considering a plan to unilaterally recognize a Palestinian state, despite deep opposition to the move within Israel.

    Both Axios and The New York Times reported about this potential major shift in the American approach towards Palestinian statehood, which hitherto has emphasized direct negotiations between Jerusalem and Ramallah.

    In the months since Hamas’s Oct. 7 terrorist assault, the Biden administration has been pushing for Palestinian statehood as part of a major normalization pact and regional security initiative between Israel and Saudi Arabia.

    The Palestinian issue was not reportedly seen as a major obstacle to a Jerusalem-Riyadh detente before the Hamas attack, but Washington’s stance has apparently changed.

    According to the most recent “Peace Index” survey released by Tel Aviv University, when asked whether they support the creation of a “Palestinian” state alongside Israel, 66% of Jewish respondents said they opposed such a move, while 27% expressed support for the creation of a “Palestine.”

    Meanwhile, Biden on Thursday issued a memorandum requiring allies who receive U.S. military aid to provide “credible and reliable written assurances” of their adherence to international law.

    Under the new guidelines, the State Department and the Department of Defense will be required to issue periodic reports on whether American allies are meeting the requirements.

    The memo does not mention specific countries but comes amid increasing calls in the U.S. to condition aid to Israel due to its offensive to eliminate Hamas.

    On Feb. 1, the Biden administration issued an executive order sanctioning “persons undermining peace, security and stability in the West Bank,” citing “high levels of extremist settler violence, forced displacement of people and villages and property destruction.”

    Adopting what it calls a “holistic approach” to the Middle East regional crisis, the White House named four sabras, or native-born Israelis, whom it is sanctioning: David Chai Chasdai of Givat Ronen; Yinon Levi of Meitarim Farm; Einan Tanjil of Kiryat Ekron; and Shalom Zicherman of Mitzpe Yair.

    In response, Netanyahu said that “the overwhelming majority of residents in Judea and Samaria are law-abiding citizens, many of whom are currently fighting—as conscripts and reservists—to defend Israel.

    “[My government] acts against all Israelis who break the law, everywhere. Exceptional measures are unnecessary,” added the premier.


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    Just Sayin
    Just Sayin
    5 months ago

    What he meant to say, is that all this is over over the top of his head.

    Biden is too senile to be charged for his crimes.
    Biden is too senile to be charged for his crimes.
    5 months ago

    He is now aligned with his hamas supporting base.

    Yatzmach
    Yatzmach
    5 months ago

    Said the “well meaning elderly man with a poor memory”.

    Wilbur
    Wilbur
    5 months ago

    Brandon 2024

    Insane
    Insane
    5 months ago

    Israelis should stall a little .hopefully Biden will forget

    Educated Archy
    Educated Archy
    5 months ago

    Don’t worry Al-Sisi in mexico will take care of both border problems.

    Kvetch
    Kvetch
    5 months ago

    ‘Over the top’, good thing Biden is one sharp pencil and nothing can slip over the top of his head.

    You're a traitor
    You're a traitor
    5 months ago

    This evil senile fool is trying desperately to clamor for votes from the people that despise Jews and Israel don’t forget that. Imagine this coming from an American president whose country nuked another country where millions of innocent people died. For doing half the terrorist attack that was done
    on innocent Jews. Anybody that voted for this man should feel shame especially the Jewish people.

    Fatjew
    Fatjew
    5 months ago

    Let’s go Brandon…

    Chill
    Chill
    5 months ago

    Biden will announce that Jordan is unilateral Palestinian state. Since 1967 the Palestinians have murdered over 2 million jordanians they can’t be trusted.

    The Guardian of Forever
    The Guardian of Forever
    5 months ago

    He looks increasingly like the High Lama in Lost Horizon.

    Freefacer
    Freefacer
    5 months ago

    Soon the parrot will be blind.

    Simple
    Simple
    4 months ago

    And how many CIVILIANS { Japan ] got killed after Pearl Harbor ?
    how many German CIVILIANS got killed in Dresden , Hamburg ?
    how many CIVILIANS got killed in IRAQ ,, Afghanistan ?

    Wilbur
    Wilbur
    5 months ago

    He is poised, as per forecaster Lichtman, to beat Trump.

    Paul Near Philadelphia
    Paul Near Philadelphia
    5 months ago

    Well, when you are killing twenty of them for each one of us, you have to wonder about proportionality.