President Joe Biden addressed the settlement between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas on a cease-fire in Gaza, saying on Thursday he’s desperate to see reconstruction efforts begin there.
He additionally spoke on the telephone earlier with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“These hostilities have resulted in the tragic deaths of so many civilians, including children, and I send my sincere condolences to all the families, Israeli and Palestinian, who have lost loved ones,” Biden mentioned from the White House.
Hours earlier than Biden spoke, the Israeli safety Cabinet introduced it had agreed to a cease-fire with Hamas, probably pausing probably the most violent conflict between the 2 since 2014. Hamas, which controls the Palestinian territories, later confirmed it had agreed to it as nicely. The combating is scheduled to cease Friday morning native time.
Biden, who’s continued the United States’ heavy financial assist of Israeli forces, expressed assist for the cease-fire earlier this week throughout a name with Netanyahu. But critics slammed Biden for not doing so earlier, saying his administration ought to have acknowledged the state of affairs was escalating however as an alternative went by way of with a $735 million weapons sale to Israel.
U.S. assist has turn out to be more and more scrutinized by American progressives, who say Israel’s assaults on Gaza have been disproportionate, amounting to warfare crimes, and their insurance policies towards Palestinians represent human rights abuses. To date, the present combating has killed no less than 232 Palestinians and 12 Israelis.
Biden spoke out in opposition to Hamas, which the U.S. has designated as a terrorist group, however mentioned he appears ahead to working with Palestinian authorities on rebuilding Gaza.
“I believe the Palestinians and Israelis equally deserve to live safely and securely and enjoy equal measures of freedom, prosperity and democracy,” he mentioned.
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