President Joe Biden said Wednesday that the United States will work with Israel to prevent civilian deaths as it storms Gaza, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promising to make efforts.
“We will continue to stand behind you. As you work to defend your people, we will continue to work with you and partners across the region to prevent more tragedies for innocent civilians,” Joe Biden said after meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu’s war cabinet in Tel Aviv. .
Prime Minister Netanyahu renewed accusations that Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip and launched a deadly attack in Israel on October 7, is deliberately placing civilians near targets in the hope of using them as shields.
But Benjamin Netanyahu told Joe Biden: “As we move forward in this war, Israel will do everything it can to keep civilians out of harm’s way.
“We have asked them and we will continue to ask them to move to safer areas. We will continue to work with you, Mr. President, to ensure that the minimum requirements are met,” Prime Minister Netanyahu said.
Joe Biden pays a solidarity visit to Israel following the deadly Hamas attack that prompted an Israeli air campaign and the threat of a ground offensive in the Gaza Strip.
On the eve of his visit, health authorities in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip killed between 200 and 300 people in an attack on a Gaza hospital, according to health authorities.
They blamed Israel for the attack, which has sparked anger across the Arab world.
Israel said Islamic Jihad militants misfired a rocket, a version supported by Biden.
“The whole world was rightly outraged,” Benjamin Netanyahu said of the hospital strike. “But this outrage should not be directed against Israel, but against the terrorists.”
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