Netanyahu rejected Biden's accusations against Israel

As of: March 10, 2024 10:17 pm

US President Biden has criticized Israel's actions in the Gaza Strip – now Prime Minister Netanyahu has responded. He sees a “majority” behind his policies. He is skeptical about negotiations for a ceasefire.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected US President Joe Biden's accusations of Israel's heavy-handed military crackdown on the Gaza Strip. In an interview with Bild, Welt TV and Politico in Jerusalem, he said: “If the president of the United States thinks that I am pursuing a personal policy against the will of the majority of Israelis and that this is harming Israel's interests, he is wrong on both counts.” calculates.”

In an interview with US broadcaster MSNBC on Saturday, Biden said of Netanyahu: “He's doing more harm to Israel than helping Israel.” The Israeli head of government has the right to defend Israel and continue to fight the Islamist Hamas in the Gaza Strip. But the US president said he should “pay more attention to innocent lives”, given the high number of civilian casualties caused by the war on the coast.

“They support actions”

Netanyahu said in the interview that the “vast majority” of Israelis support his policies. They support the steps we are taking to destroy the remaining Hamas battalions. The head of government was referring to a planned ground attack on the town of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

The U.S. has criticized the plan because 1.5 million people are crammed together in such a small area, most of them fleeing from other parts of the coastal region. These people must be brought to safety before the attack. For him, Biden said, it's a “red line.” He will not allow another 30,000 Palestinians to die as a result of the operation against Hamas.

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Netanyahu blamed Hamas

The number of Palestinians killed in the war rose to more than 31,000 on Sunday, according to the health authority controlled by the militant Islamist Hamas. This information makes no distinction between civilians and armed terrorists. Authorities say most of the victims were women, minors and elderly men.

According to Netanyahu, the number of civilians killed was much lower than the estimated 31,000. Every civilian loss is a tragedy, he said. Israel is making every effort to prevent this. He blamed Hamas for the deaths of Palestinian civilians. The Israeli military is dealing with an enemy that is “doing everything it can to put civilians at risk, while we do everything we can to get civilians out of harm's way.”

Scholz calls for a ceasefire

Netanyahu remains skeptical of negotiations for a new ceasefire and the release of hostages. “They come up with nothing,” he said of Hamas during rounds of negotiations. The Palestinian Authority currently has no interest in the deal. Instead, she wants to “reintegrate, restore Gaza and start over.”

Meanwhile, Chancellor Olaf Scholes reiterated his hope for a long-term ceasefire. “It's best to do this in Ramadan,” the SPD politician said in a video message. “Such a cease-fire should ensure the eventual release of Israeli hostages and the eventual arrival of humanitarian aid to Gaza,” Scholes stressed. He is convinced that the majority of Israelis and Palestinians want peace.

For devout Muslims, a week-long fast begins this week on the first day of Ramadan. However, the month of fasting has been overshadowed by developments in the Gaza Strip.

Marei Beermann, NDR, tagesschau, March 10, 2024 10:12 pm

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