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Biden urges Israel to decide its own strategy in Hamas conflict

Washington DC, United States: The United States has asked the Israeli government to make its own calls related to timing and strategy in its war with Hamas, according to a senior administration official of the White House.

However, the matter was among the most stressed topics during the meeting between President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier this week.

While having a conversation with CNN, the official underscored that the US is not directing the Israelis, “the timeline is theirs – their thinking and their planning.”

The White House’s clarification on Biden’s comment on Hostages

On Friday, when President Biden was climbing the stairs to Air Force One and was asked by the reporters about his take on “Israel should delay a ground invasion in Gaza until more hostages can get out,” to which he replied, “Yes.”

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Following this, the White House immediately released a clarification. Some reports have suggested that this comment by the White House could be seen as the US staking out its role in the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

The clarification statement released by the White House underscored that President Biden was unable to clearly hear the question by the reports.

As per the press pool, Ben LaBolt, White House communications director, stated, “The president was far away. He didn’t hear the full question. The question sounded like, ‘Would you like to see more hostages released?’ He wasn’t commenting on anything else.”

Reportedly, the statement was released by LaBolt in less than an hour after the comment by Biden.

Israel be strategic and clear: US and Allies

As per the reports by CNN, the United States and its allies have appealed to the Israeli administration to be “strategic and clear” while launching a ground invasion of Gaza. The officials of the US and Western have asked them to be a bit cautious and should plan in such a manner that minimum civilian causalities are reported.

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To date, since the surprise attack by Hamas on October 7, the militants have killed around 1,400 people – including civilians and soldiers. It is to be noted that this attack is counted as the deadliest in Israeli history.

Israeli government commenced a counterattack against Hamas, launching a barrage of airstrikes into the territory of Hamas. According to the health minister of Palestine, the airstrikes in Gaza have killed over 4,100 people – a sparkling humanitarian crisis.

Biden’s recent comment on Hamas-Israel attack

Earlier Friday, President Joe Biden commented that this attack by the militant group Hamas was to show their disappointment towards US efforts to normalize diplomatic ties between Israel and Saudi Arabia.

According to a pool report, Biden, during a campaign fundraiser in Washington, quoted, “One of the reasons Hamas moved on Israel … they knew that I was about to sit down with the Saudis.”

He furthermore assumed that the administration of Saudi Arabia had been working to recognize Israel and was about to recognize it. In recent weeks, Biden has still anticipated that there are hopes that the relations between Saudi and Israel can be improved. However, outlined that it remains crucial amid the ongoing conflict; he said, “It’s going to take time to get done.”

Recently, during a conversation with CBS News, he said, “The Saudis, and the Emiratis and other Arab nations understand that their security and stability is enhanced if there’s normalization of relations with Israel,” adding, “The direction of moving into the normalization makes sense for the Arab nations as well as Israel.”

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