U.S. President Biden criticises Israeli Prime Minister’s actions in Gaza, calls for cease-fire in latest interview

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Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left) and U.S. President Joe Biden (right).

10th April 2024 – (Washington) In a recent interview with Univision’s Enrique Acevedo, President Joe Biden expressed his disagreement with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ongoing attacks in Gaza, delivering some of his harshest criticism of Israel’s war with Hamas thus far.

Biden stated, “I will tell you, I think what he’s doing is a mistake. I don’t agree with his approach.”

This marked a significant shift in U.S. policy as, following Hamas’ attack in Israel on 7th October, which claimed the lives of 1,200 people, the White House had refrained from direct criticism of Netanyahu’s actions, instead calling for a cease-fire and expressing concern over the civilian casualties caused by the conflict. However, last week’s deaths of seven aid workers with World Central Kitchen in an Israeli airstrike after delivering food in Gaza altered the U.S. stance.

The President conveyed his warning to Netanyahu that future U.S. support would depend on the protection of civilians, deeming the ongoing humanitarian crisis “unacceptable.”

In the Univision interview, which was recorded last week shortly after the aid workers’ tragic deaths, Biden reiterated his call for a cease-fire. Israel has claimed responsibility for the incident.

Biden expressed his outrage over the attack on the aid workers’ vehicles by drones on a highway, emphasising the need for immediate action. He stated, “What I’m calling for is for the Israelis to just call for a cease-fire, allow for the next six, eight weeks total access to all food and medicine going into the country.”

The President also disclosed that the U.S. had been in contact with regional countries prepared to provide food and humanitarian aid to the affected population.

Israel responded to Biden’s call by approving the opening of a border crossing in northern Gaza, the first time since 7th October.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged Hamas to accept a new cease-fire deal brokered by the U.S., which would include the release of hostages. However, Hamas has yet to respond to the proposal, and U.S. officials have described the group’s public statements as “less than encouraging.”

In addition to discussing the situation in Gaza, President Biden criticised his predecessor and 2024 Republican rival, former President Donald Trump, calling him the greatest threat to the nation. Biden cited Trump’s actions surrounding the 6th January, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, which resulted in a federal indictment.

Biden expressed his disbelief, stating, “The idea that he would sit in the office… and watch for hours the attack on the Capitol and the destruction and the mayhem and the people who were killed, the police officers who died, and call them political heroes? Call them patriots… I can’t think of any other time in my lifetime that you’ve had somebody who’s had this kind of attitude.”