Netanyahu Rebuffs Biden’s Critique of the Gaza War Strategy

( – President Joe Biden has taken a great deal of heat for his continued support of Israel as its war against Hamas rages on. More than 30,000 Palestinians, the majority of whom are women and children, have allegedly died during the conflict. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently brushed off a critique from the US president.

Rafah is a region along the Egyptian border in the Gaza Strip. Millions of Palestinians have fled there amid the war. Netanyahu has said the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) would be invading the region to find more members of Hamas. Activists and US officials have expressed concern about an invasion of Rafah and the high death toll it could produce.

During an interview with MSNBC, Biden said the world can’t “have another 30,000 more Palestinians dead.” The interviewer asked if that was a red line for the president, and he said it was. However, he then backtracked and vowed to continue sending aid to Israel.

Biden said he thinks Netanyahu’s approach to the war is hurting his country more than it’s helping. The POTUS said the Israeli PM needs to “pay more attention to the innocent lives being lost” as a result of the conflict.

Netanyahu responded to Biden’s criticism during an interview with Axel Springer, POLITICO’s parent company. The prime minister said that the IDF is going to go into Rafah and isn’t going to leave. He said he also has a “red line,” and it’s to make sure “October 7 doesn’t happen again,” referring to the terrorist attack that left nearly 1,200 people dead.

The prime minister also said that there are Arab leaders who agree with him, though he didn’t name the leaders. He claimed those leaders “understand Hamas is part of the Iranian terror axis.”

Biden isn’t alone in his concerns about an invasion of Rafah. Germany’s Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said that if Netanyahu pushes forward with the invasion, it would be “a humanitarian catastrophe.”

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