Tel Aviv: US President Joe Biden arrived in Tel Aviv after Israel’s airstrike on a Gaza City hospital, which led to hundreds of Palestinian casualties and international condemnation.
During his visit, Biden expressed support for Israel’s account that Palestinian fighters were responsible for the hospital strike, saying, “I was deeply saddened and outraged by the explosion at the hospital in Gaza yesterday. And based on what I´ve seen, it appears as though it was done by the other team, not you.”
#WATCH | Israel | In Tel Aviv, US President Joe Biden says, "…I was deeply sad by the explosion at the hospital in Gaza yesterday. Based on what I have seen, it appears as though it was done by the other team, not you. But there are a lot of people out there, not sure…"… pic.twitter.com/ixrqpC5cm3
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He emphasized that Hamas had brought suffering to the Palestinian people, stating, “We have to bear in mind that Hamas does not represent all the Palestinian people and has brought them only suffering.”
Despite Israel’s continuing airstrikes on Gaza in which thousands of innocent Palestinians have lost their lives, Biden praised the courage and commitment of the Israeli people. Netanyahu welcomed Biden’s visit, highlighting it as the first by a US president during a time of war.
Netanyahu called for global unity against Hamas, comparing it to past struggles against the Nazis and ISIS. He assured Biden that Israel was committed to defeating Hamas and eliminating the threat.
The Israeli bombardment of Gaza, ongoing for 12 days, has resulted in 3,478 deaths and widespread anger in the Arab and Muslim world. Biden has supported Israel’s military campaign as retaliation for earlier Hamas attacks.
Before the hospital attack, Israel’s campaign had left numerous casualties in Gaza, with neighborhoods destroyed and a complete blockade of essential supplies. UN World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus expressed concern about the deteriorating situation in Gaza, urging an end to violence on all sides.