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Biden warns Israel not to occupy Gaza, may travel to Tel Aviv on ‘solidarity visit’

As Israeli forces gear up for a ground offensive against Gaza, US President Joe Biden issued a stern warning to Israel against reoccupying the Hamas-ruled territory, marking his first significant public effort to restrain the nation following the deadly Hamas assault that claimed over 1,300 lives, including at least 29 Americans.

The attack, which took place on October 7, 2023, has been met with unwavering support from Biden for Israel’s right to defend itself. Despite refusing to criticize Israel’s retaliatory actions in Gaza, which have sparked concerns of a humanitarian crisis among UN officials, Biden cautioned against a full-scale occupation of the region.

In an interview with CBS News, Biden said, “I think it’d be a big mistake. Look, what happened in Gaza, in my view, is Hamas and the extreme elements of Hamas don’t represent all the Palestinian people. And I think that it would be a mistake for Israel to occupy Gaza again.”

However, he also emphasised the necessity of “taking out the extremists” in the area.

In addition to his comments on the situation in the Gaza Strip, a senior official in the Biden administration told the Associated Press that the US President is considering a trip to Israel in the coming days. While the travel plans have not yet been finalized, the official said discussions are underway after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu invited Biden on a “solidarity visit”.

Edited By:

Devika Bhattacharya

Published On:

Oct 16, 2023

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