Netanyahu approach to war does more harm than good – Biden

Henry

US President Joe Biden says his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu’s approach to the ongoing war in Gaza is doing Israel more harm than good.

Biden’s impatience with Netanyahu was evident in an interview with MSNBC that aired Saturday. Some believe the interview was full of contradictions and confusing.

The American made it clear during the interview that Netanyahu “has the right to defend Israel and continue to drive out Hamas”, but that his Israeli counterpart “must pay more attention to the innocent lives that are being lost as a result of the performance.

“In my opinion, he is doing more harm to Israel than helping Israel,” Biden said.

However, the American’s answer was ambiguous when he answered a question about Israel’s potential invasion of Rafah.

Biden said there are certain “red lines” that Israel must not cross in its war in Gaza, but also that he will never abandon his ally Israel.

“This is a red line,” the 81-year-old Democrat said of the possible invasion of Rafah, but immediately added: “I will not abandon Israel.

“The defense of Israel is still critical, so there’s no red line (where) I’m going to cut off all weapons so they don’t have the iron dome to protect them,” Biden said, referring to Israel’s missile defense system.

“But there are red lines that if he crosses them…”, Biden said without finishing his sentence. He then adds that his administration “cannot let another 30,000 Palestinians die”.

Biden was also evasive about the possibility of another visit to Israel. The US president visited the country in October shortly after Hamas’ deadly attack on Israel.

When asked if this is something he would do again, Biden replied “yes”. However, the American did not want to say whether he was invited.