US President Joe Biden on Monday told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he supported a cease-fire in bloody exchanges between Israelis and Palestinians, but he openly stopped demanding a cease-fire.
The White House said that in a phone call with the Israeli Prime Minister, “the president expressed his support for a ceasefire and discussed US relations with Egypt and other partners.”
Biden has so far resisted calling for an immediate ceasefire in Israel, along with other world leaders and his own Democratic Party.
The White House said in a statement that Biden reiterated what his main message so far has been: “his firm support for Israel’s right against indiscriminate rocket attacks.”
The statement said Biden encouraged Israel to do everything possible to ensure the safety of innocent civilians.
But the White House denies condemning any aspect of the Israeli military attacks, saying it is appropriate for America’s close ally to forcibly respond to Hamas’s rocket volley.
Officials have suggested that more important ideas be circulated privately.
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