At the same time, Biden believes it is legitimate for Israel to respond to the rocket attacks.
Biden says: “Israel has the right to defend itself when thousands of missiles fly into its territory.”
The violent conflict in Gaza has so far claimed at least 76 lives, the vast majority of them Palestinians. For US President Joe Biden, the situation means a difficult balancing act, according to Stephen Osberg.
He notes, among other things, that the Democrats, Biden’s party, have a prominent left wing that attaches great importance to protecting the rights of the Palestinian people. At the same time, Israel enjoys widespread support among the American people.
This is why we see the Biden government’s statements spreading as they spread, he tells Actwelt.
‘He’ll play a very big role’
He also indicates that the current US administration has so far chosen to give priority to other foreign policy issues, such as the relationship with China and Russia, while the conflict has overwhelmed the Gaza Strip. Something is now likely to change.
The United States will have a very large role in this conflict and it is necessary to act urgently.
The first step towards a ceasefire is direct contact between American and Israeli leaders.
The question, however, is how to resolve the situation. Positions currently appear closed, notes Stena Bloomgren, SVT Middle East correspondent.
– Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said that what we have seen so far is only the beginning and that it will continue until the missile attacks subside. Meanwhile, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh says he is prepared for all scenarios imaginable, Bloomgren told Actwelt.