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Israel Gaza: Netanyahu making a ‘mistake’, says Biden

US President Joe Biden said he believed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was making a “mistake” in his handling of Gaza.

“I think what he’s doing is wrong. I don’t agree with his approach,” he said in an interview.

He said Gaza should have “full access to all food and medicine” for the next six to eight weeks.

Last week, he warned that continued U.S. support for the war depended on Israel allowing more food and medicine.

Israel has denied hindering the entry of aid or its distribution inside Gaza, and accused UN agencies on the ground of failing to deliver authorized aid to people in need. .

The hour-long interview was recorded last Wednesday – days after Israeli military strikes killed seven World Central Kitchen aid workers – and aired Tuesday evening on Spanish-language US channel Univision.

Mr Biden said it was “outrageous” to see the aid organization’s vehicles “hit by drones and taken down a highway”.

The Israel Defense Forces have since said “serious errors” led to the fatal attacks on workers. An investigation led to the dismissal of two senior officers.

In the interview, Mr. Biden said: “What I’m asking is that the Israelis simply call for a cease-fire and allow, for the next six or eight weeks, full access to all food and medicines entering the country. »

The president has previously said Hamas must agree to a pause and release the remaining hostages.

Israel recently announced it would open a crossing to northern Gaza and a deep-water port, to allow more aid to arrive in the region. He has not yet specified when or how these routes will operate.

Mr. Biden faces domestic pressure over Israel. In recent weeks, he has sharpened his rhetoric, including towards Mr. Netanyahu, on the conduct of the war which has now lasted six months.

Meanwhile, military supplies, including bombs, missiles and munitions, continued to flow uninterrupted from the United States to Israel.

On October 7, Hamas-led gunmen attacked border communities in southern Israel, killing 1,200 people and taking more than 250 hostage.

Israel says that of 130 hostages still in Gaza, at least 34 are dead.

More than 33,000 Gazans, mostly civilians, have been killed in Israel’s offensive in Gaza since the October attack, the Hamas-run health ministry said.

News Source : www.bbc.com
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