Biden Says Israel Shouldn’t Press Into Rafah Without ‘Credible’ Plan to Protect Civilians

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    Smoke and explosion following an Israeli bombardment inside the Gaza Strip, as seen from southern Israel, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024. The army is battling Palestinian militants across Gaza in the war ignited by Hamas' Oct. 7 attack into Israel. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

    RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel should not conduct a military operation in the densely populated Gaza border town of Rafah without a “credible and executable” plan to protect civilians, U.S. President Joe Biden told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday, the White House said.

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    It was the most forceful language yet from the president on the possible operation. Biden, who last week called Israel’s military response in Gaza “over the top,” also called for “urgent and specific” steps to strengthen humanitarian assistance to Palestinians in the region.

    The two leaders spoke after two Egyptian officials and a Western diplomat said Egypt threatened to suspend its peace treaty with Israel if Israeli troops are sent into Rafah, where Egypt fears fighting could push Palestinians into the Sinai Peninsula and force the closure of besieged Gaza’s main aid supply route.

    In addition, the pair discussed continued negotiations on the release of all hostages. Israel’s Channel 13 television said the conversation lasted 45 minutes.


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    lipale
    lipale
    10 days ago

    Mr. Biden – protect your border and your citizens instead of worrying about Raffah and your votes

    Anonymous
    Anonymous
    10 days ago

    So what exactly was the “credible plan” of Hamas to protect Israeli civilians on October 7 ?!?

    Lgb
    Lgb
    9 days ago

    FJB

    See
    See
    10 days ago

    Biden said?…credible plan? Really ? Who are u ALTA KAKAR

    Lgb
    Lgb
    9 days ago

    Did he say this in between diaper changes?

    Insane
    Insane
    9 days ago

    Just wondering what is bidens credible plan to save this country from the invasion by the border.just asking for a friend

    Larry Chism
    Larry Chism
    9 days ago

    Like his plan in Afghanistan?

    My response
    My response
    8 days ago

    Hey Biden! Why don’t you drop dead!