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ISRAEL: Biden: Netanyahu Has To Change His Hardline Government


Reuters reporting comments from President Joe Biden, speaking at a campaign reception in Washington DC, stating that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, "has to change his hardline government," amid growing concerns over civilian casualties in Gaza.

  • Reuters reports that Biden said of Israel, "they're starting to lose that [international] support due to indiscriminate bombing."
  • The comments come amid a shift in rhetoric from the White House on Israeli strategy in prosecuting the war against Hamas.
  • White House National Security Council Spokesperson John Kirby told reporters yesterday that the administration is "concerned" about reports of Israel using white phosphorus on targets in Lebanon: "We’ve seen the reports, certainly concerned about that. We’ll be asking questions to try to learn a little bit more.”
  • White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said in remarks to the Wall Street Journal's CEO Council this morning that he will convey concerns from President Biden to officials on a trip to Israel this week.
  • WSJ notes that, on the continuing Israeli offensive in Gaza, "Sullivan said Israel could shift tactics to protect civilians while maintaining pressure on Hamas."
  • Sullivan said: “I will certainly be talking to Prime Minister Netanyahu and the war cabinet and the senior national security leadership about timetables, about how they are thinking about that. The subject of how they are seeing the timetable of this war will certainly be on the agenda for my meetings.”

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