Israel Stands Firm Against Biden’s Criticism, Pledges to Continue Strikes on Hamas Despite International Pressure: Netanyahu Seizes on White House Remarks for Support in Conflict

Israel’s Foreign Minister Eli Cohen declared that the nation would persist with its conflict against Hamas, asserting that international support would not influence their actions.

Cohen’s remarks were a response to U.S. President Joe Biden’s criticism of Israel’s bombardment of Gaza.

Biden had cautioned Israel about diminishing global backing and urged changes in the conservative government’s approach.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in reaction to Biden’s comments, rallied support from Israel’s right-wing factions.

He dismissed Biden’s suggestion of revitalizing the West Bank’s Palestinian Authority to manage Gaza post-war, vowing not to replicate past mistakes like the Oslo accords.

Netanyahu also indicated the continued presence of Israeli troops in Gaza.

Despite historically supporting Israel, Biden expressed concern about the civilian toll in Gaza and cautioned against Israel’s indiscriminate bombings.

Israel, however, rejected the idea of reducing its forces or agreeing to a ceasefire, considering it an advantage for Hamas.

The U.S. National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan, plans to discuss the conflict’s duration with Netanyahu during his upcoming visit to Israel.

The U.S. faces increasing isolation regarding its unwavering support for Israel, notably vetoing a UN Security Council ceasefire resolution and facing strong opposition in a subsequent UN General Assembly vote.

Netanyahu firmly opposed American proposals for Gaza’s future, rejecting the involvement of the Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority. He emphasized Gaza should neither be controlled by Hamas nor Fatah.

The U.S. desires an interim security arrangement post-war and advocates for a two-state solution.

The conflict has led to significant casualties and displacement in Gaza, with severe damage to infrastructure and essential services.

The situation has triggered concerns about food shortages, limited access to water, and potential displacement of Palestinians.

Both sides have suffered casualties and hostage situations, exacerbating the humanitarian crisis.

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