Biden tells Bibi he won’t wait another YEAR for Gaza war to end: President tells Israeli counterpart to tone down Hamas offensive and end conflict ahead of November elections

Geoff Earle, Deputy US Political Editor for

President Joe Biden has privately told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he will not support Israel’s year-long war in Gaza, according to a new report.

Biden is concerned about both the rising death toll in Gaza and the impact the war is having on younger American voters in the run-up to the 2024 election, Axios reported.

he’there is not a year of war in it,” Biden told Netanyahu privately, according to the report, which follows a series of public and private U.S. warnings that the Israel Defense Forces take steps to mitigate civilian casualties during operations in Gaza. .

The news comes days after Biden was repeatedly interrupted by protesters this week during a high-profile political speech in Virginia, where he sought to attack rival Donald Trump over abortion rights, an issue Democrats hope to win despite a streak of dismal. polls for Biden in the presidential race.

President Joe Biden told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he would not support a year-long war in Gaza. This week, he was repeatedly interrupted in a political speech by pro-Palestinian protesters

The US is urging Israel to turn to lower-intensity fighting in its ongoing ground attacks, which health officials say have killed 25,000 people in Gaza.

Biden’s advisers have begun to share his political concerns. One expressed concern over the loss of young voters, many of whom rallied to the Palestinian cause amid Israel’s war against Hamas, which followed the Oct. 7 terror attacks on its own territory.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was repeatedly asked this week about the protests and whether Biden was taking steps to meet with pro-Palestinian critics.

On the diplomatic front, CIA Director William Burns was due to meet with Israel’s Mossad chief David Barnea and Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani in Europe this weekend in hopes of gradually releasing hostages held by Hamas. along with a two-month halt in combat.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed that Israel will continue its war against Hamas in Gaza until its goals are met

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The United States took the rare step of condemning the attack on the United Nations facility in Khan Younis, where an estimated 30,000 refugees were housed, on Thursday.

State Department spokesman Vedant Patel said in a statement that «We condemn today’s attack on the United Nations Khan Younis Training Center.»

«Civilians must be protected and the protected nature of UN facilities must be respected and aid workers must be protected so that they can continue to provide civilians with the life-saving humanitarian assistance they need,» he added. Israel has denied that its forces hit the center.

Biden embraced Netanyahu after October 7 and continued the flow of US military aid, while the White House supported Israel’s right to defend itself despite calls for a ceasefire.

«Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appreciates President Biden’s support and made it clear in a conversation with him that Israel is determined to continue the war until all of its goals are met,» his office said in response to reports of the call, the Times of Israel reported. .

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