Netanyahu and Biden Confer Amidst Ongoing Conflict

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Joe Biden held a significant meeting in Israel, amid the backdrop of a continuing war.

by Faruk Imamovic
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Netanyahu and Biden Confer Amidst Ongoing Conflict
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Joe Biden held a significant meeting in Israel, amid the backdrop of a continuing war. The discussions revolved around critical security issues, the events in Gaza, and the broader geopolitical landscape.

The Proof and the "Just War"

Netanyahu began by addressing his nation, highlighting the recent incident where a missile struck a hospital in Gaza. He stated, "Yesterday evening, before the US President left for Israel, I presented him with concrete proof that it was Islamic Jihad, and not the IDF, that had fired the missile that struck the hospital in Gaza." The Israeli Prime Minister emphasized the importance of this revelation, saying that he has directed the National Public Diplomacy Directorate and the IDF to disseminate the proof so that "today the world knows the truth." In a historical context, this visit is unprecedented.

Netanyahu noted, "This is the first time that an American president has come to Israel during a war." The two leaders discussed the challenges faced by Israel, the tragedies of the war, and the unity of the Israeli people amidst the crisis.

Moreover, the discussions bore tangible results. Netanyahu announced, "During the visit today, we achieved something of utmost importance that greatly contributes to our security: Immense security assistance for the State of Israel of an unprecedented scope, including assistance that further strengthens our war capabilities."

Addressing the Prisoners' Issue

The Israeli Prime Minister also focused on the issue of prisoners during his meeting with Biden.

He laid out three critical demands: the return of Israeli captives, the facilitation of Red Cross visits to the captured, and the halt of humanitarian assistance from Israeli territory to the Gaza Strip until the captives' return.

Netanyahu emphasized that Biden's visit extended beyond mere "comforting and touching words." Their discussions centered on substantial actions, including cooperation that will "change the equation in all sectors" and support Israel's war objectives.

The Stance of the USA in the UN

In the broader international context, the USA had previously vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that called for a ceasefire in Gaza. This decision was justified by the American ambassador to the UN on the grounds that the resolution did not acknowledge "Israel's right to self-defense." As the meeting between the two leaders concluded, Netanyahu left his people with a message of resilience and hope: "Citizens of Israel, my brothers and sisters, the people of Israel live – and the people of Israel will win."

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