Biden calls Israel's Gaza response 'over the top'


Israel's military response in the Gaza Strip to the October 7 attacks by Hamas has been "over the top" and has "got to stop," U.S. President Joe Biden said Thursday.

"I'm of the view, as you know, that the conduct of the response in Gaza, in the Gaza Strip, has been over the top," the Democrat told reporters at the White House.

"There are a lot of innocent people who are starving, a lot of innocent people who are in trouble and dying, and it's got to stop."

American support for Israel's war on the Palestinian militant group has sparked a flurry of attacks on US troops in the region, as well as criticism of the Biden administration at home and abroad.

Months of bombardment and siege have deepened a humanitarian crisis across Gaza.

But Biden, 81, said he had pushed to get humanitarian assistance into the territory.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi initially "did not want to open up the gate to allow humanitarian material to get in", Biden said.

"I talked to him, I convinced him to open the gate. I talked to Bibi to open the gate on the Israeli side," he continued, referring to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

"I've been pushing really hard, really hard, to get humanitarian assistance into Gaza."

Hamas' unprecedented attack on Israel on October 7 allegedly resulted in the deaths of about 1,160 people, mostly civilians, according to an AFP tally based on official Israeli figures.

Israel vowed to eliminate Hamas and launched air strikes and a ground offensive that have killed at least 27,840 people, mostly women and children, according to the Gaza health ministry.

Militants also seized around 250 hostages. Israel says 132 remain in Gaza, of whom 29 are believed to have died.

The war has sparked a surge in violence across the region by Iran-backed groups operating in solidarity with Hamas, drawing retaliatory attacks from Israel, the United States and its allies.

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Thumb liberty 18 days

Biden calls Israel's Gaza response 'over the top'

Oh... did he just say that? if he did... I am going to vote for him in the next elections so will everybody I know.

Thumb chrisrushlau 18 days

9 Feb 2024

Israeli snipers have killed at least 21 Palestinians after they opened fire on displaced civilians trying to reach Nasser Hospital in southern Gaza’s Khan Younis.

Al Jazeera’s Hani Mahmoud, reporting from Rafah, said on Friday that snipers had surrounded the hospital and were “shooting at every moving object” as people were trying to reach it from two densely populated residential neighbourhoods near the facility.

Thumb 18 days

Da, the genocide is over the top! Let’s not even mention the apartheid in the occupied West Bank.

Thumb chrisrushlau 17 days

In that same set of remarks, Biden referred to al Sisi as "president of Mexico". You can see the association: the Mexican border has been porous. The tone and timing with which he called Israel's attacks on Gaza "over the top" suggests to me he was really digging deep: he was speaking his innermost thought. He ought to do that more often.