Biden Accuses Netanyahu of Hindering Peace, Calls for End to Gaza Violence

President Joe Biden’s candid remarks about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have stirred controversy, with reports indicating that Biden has referred to Netanyahu as ‘an a**hole’ on multiple occasions.

This blunt assessment comes as Biden faces mounting pressure over ceasefire negotiations amid escalating violence in the region.

Criticism of Israeli Actions in Gaza

The backdrop for Biden’s remarks includes Israeli airstrikes in Rafah, Gaza, which have resulted in the deaths of 67 Palestinians and left many more injured.

Biden’s frustration with Netanyahu reportedly stems from what he perceives as obstructionism in the peace process.

Sources close to the president have indicated that Biden feels Netanyahu is ‘giving him hell’ over the negotiations and is eager to see an end to the violence.

White House Response and Diplomatic Implications

In response to Biden’s comments, the White House has sought to downplay any rift with Israel.

Despite his strong words, Biden has previously expressed concern about the civilian toll in Gaza, where over 27,000 Palestinians have been killed since the conflict began.

However, Biden’s recent criticism marks a departure from his previous stance, indicating a more direct condemnation of Israeli actions.

Netanyahu’s Stance and the Two-State Solution

Netanyahu’s longstanding opposition to a two-state solution has been a point of contention.

Biden’s deputy principal national security adviser, Jon Finer, expressed doubts about Netanyahu’s government’s commitment to such a solution.

This skepticism underscores the diplomatic challenges in achieving a lasting peace in the region.

Ongoing Conflict and Humanitarian Crisis

The situation in Gaza remains dire, with much of the region in ruins and thousands dead or wounded.

Despite international calls for a ceasefire, Netanyahu has indicated a willingness to continue military operations, including a possible ground assault on Rafah.

The conflict shows no signs of abating, highlighting the urgent need for a diplomatic resolution to the longstanding Israeli-Palestinian conflict

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