Biden demands ‘significant de-escalation’ but Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu says attacks will continue

by Editorial Team

WASHINGTON DC, (Washington Insider Magazine) – President Biden told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday that he expects a “significant de-escalation today” on the attacks in Gaza, according to a White House statement.

After mostly holding his tongue amid 10 days of Israeli attacks on Palestinian targets, Biden took a much tougher line in his latest phone call with the United States’ key ally in the Middle East.

“The President conveyed to the Prime Minister that he expected a significant de-escalation today on the path to a ceasefire,” the statement said.

Netanyahu thanked Biden for his support, but insisted the Israeli air strikes aren’t over.

“I am determined to continue this operation until its objective is achieved: to restore the calm and security to you, citizens of Israel,” Netanyahu said in a Facebook message.

Biden also said the two leaders discussed “Israel’s progress in degrading the capabilities of Hamas and other terrorist elements,” a phrase that appeared to align with Israel’s description of its powerful attacks that have killed more than 200 Palestinian civilians along with some militants.

The call came a day after Biden told Netanyahu that he could only give him diplomatic and political cover for so long, and his patience was running out.

Biden is under increasing pressure from progressive Democrats to play a more active role in pressuring Israel to agree to a ceasefire with Hamas.

Israeli airstrikes killed at least another six people across the Gaza Strip and destroyed the home of an extended family early Wednesday.

The Israeli military said it widened its strikes to blunt continuing rocket fire from Hamas into Israel, while a separate barrage also blasted the Jewish state from its northern border with Lebanon.

Lebanese security officials said the latest rockets were launched from the outskirts of the southern Lebanese village of Qlayleh, adding that four fell inside Lebanese territory.

The latest strikes came as diplomatic efforts aimed at a cease-fire gathered strength and Gaza’s infrastructure, already weakened by a 14-year blockade, rapidly deteriorated.

Tensions flare as Israel, Palestine attacks continue

Medical supplies, water and fuel for electricity are running low in territory, on which Israel and Egypt imposed the blockade after the Islamic militant group Hamas seized power in 2007.

The worst fighting between Israel and Palestinians since 2014 erupted nearly two weeks ago after Jewish settlers sought to evict Palestinians from their longtime homes in an East Jerusalem neighborhood.


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