Biden Says Israel’s Actions In The Gaza Strip Have Been ‘Over The Top’ | EUROtoday

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President Joe Biden issued considered one of his harshest responses to Israel’s assault in Gaza on Thursday, saying the nation’s retaliation for Hamas’ Oct. 7 assault has been “over the top.”

Biden was chatting with reporters Thursday evening following the particular counsel report about his dealing with of labeled paperwork, and when requested about his efforts to see the remaining Israeli hostages held by Hamas launched, the president mentioned his administration has been “pushing very hard” to dealer a brief cease-fire.

“The conduct of the response in the Gaza Strip has been over the top,” Biden mentioned from the White House. “There are a lot of innocent people who are starving, there are a lot of innocent people who are in trouble and dying, and it’s gotta stop.”

“That’s why we’re pushing. I’m pushing very hard right now to deal with this hostage cease-fire.“

The president went on to say he had spoken directly with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to bolster humanitarian aid to Gaza, saying the U.S. had been working “really, really hard” to assist Palestinians. (He incorrectly referred to el-Sisi because the president of Mexico in his off-the-cuff remarks.)

The White House didn’t instantly reply to a request for clarification.

Biden hinted that the U.S. was actively concerned in cease-fire negotiations, at one level stopping himself so he didn’t reveal an excessive amount of about any potential deal.

He added the White House was pushing for a hostage cease-fire that would “lead to a sustained pause in the fighting in the actions taking place in the Gaza Strip.”

“I think if we can get the [cease-fire] … I think that we would be able to extend that so that we could increase the prospect that this fighting in Gaza changes,” the president mentioned.