Biden demands “serious escalation” in Israel-Hamas conflict with Netanyahu

According to White House sources, President Joe Biden told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he hopes to “significantly escalate” the battle between Israel and Hamas by Wednesday.

“The two leaders had a detailed discussion of the circumstances of what happened in Gaza, Israel’s progress in reducing the capacity of Hamas and other terrorist elements, and the ongoing diplomatic efforts of local governments and the United States.” according to To the White House. “The president told the prime minister that he is hoping for a major escalation today on his way to a ceasefire.”

Israeli authorities, including Netanyahu, said they were bombing Gaza in response to a designated terrorist group, Hamas, but the government criticized it in reports that dozens of Palestinians were killed. confronting.

Meanwhile, Biden pressures Democratic leftists, including Senator Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) And Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Who are members of the “Squad,” to withdraw support for Israel. Facing more and more. .. Meanwhile, the organization behind Black Lives Matter’s protests was involved in the conflict. say it Pro-Palestinian protesters are “solidarity” with Palestinians as they close streets in New York City and demonstrate in other metropolitan areas.

Netanyahu appeared to be resisting the ceasefire call on Wednesday, saying Israel had no time frame to end its activities in Gaza.

On May 18, 2021, hundreds of protesters and activists closed the street, expressing anger at Israel and support for Palestinians in New York City. (Spencer Platt / Getty Images)

“We are definitely achieving the goals of this operation, not having a stopwatch,” Netanyahu said in a briefing to the ambassador on Wednesday. according to To the Jerusalem Post.

“Israel is about to deteriorate,” he added. [Hamas’s] Their abilities, their terrorist abilities, and their diminished will … There are regular battles and we are trying to maximize the quiet and calm period that Israel can get against this enemy. At the same time, the Prime Minister said the government was “engaged in strong deterrence” after Hamas launched thousands of rockets into Israel’s private territory.

It is estimated that Hamas has launched more than 3,000 rockets since last week.

“They actually killed two Israeli Arabs on the road. Targeted the Arab town of Thira. They are really equal opportunity murderers. They kill everyone. They kill their hands. Any civilian who can be put in, “said Netanyaf. “And they use civilians. They use them as human shields and target them while hiding behind them, as you know.”

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