Tensions between the United States and Israel, two longstanding allies, have become increasingly public, particularly regarding the strategy in Gaza. President Joe Biden, in a candid address to Democratic donors in Washington, expressed concern over Israel's approach under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's leadership.
Biden's remarks reflect growing international unease as the civilian toll in Gaza escalates amidst ongoing conflict with Hamas. Biden pointedly criticized Israel’s current government, which he described as the “most conservative government in Israel’s history”.
He emphasized the need for change, suggesting that the government's hardline stance is making it difficult for Israel to maintain international support.
“I think he has to change, and with this government, this government in Israel is making it very difficult for him to move,” Biden said, calling Netanyahu’s government the “most conservative government in Israel’s history”.Particularly, Biden raised concerns about the "indiscriminate bombing" in Gaza, highlighting that such actions are causing Israel to lose global backing. He also noted the Israeli government's apparent disinterest in pursuing a two-state solution, a longstanding cornerstone of US policy in the region.
Biden said right now Israel “has most of the world supporting it,” but said “they’re starting to lose that support by the indiscriminate bombing that takes place”.
Diverging Views on Post-War Gaza
On the other side, Prime Minister Netanyahu acknowledged the differences between his government and the Biden administration, especially regarding the future of Gaza post-conflict.
"Yes, there is disagreement about ‘the day after Hamas’," Netanyahu said, expressing hope for eventual agreement.This admission from the Israeli leader underlines a significant rift in the vision for peace and stability in the region between the two nations.
These recent statements from both leaders are among the most open acknowledgments of the persistent disparities in viewpoints between the United States and Israel. As the conflict in Gaza continues, the diverging strategies and opinions of these two allies are increasingly coming to the forefront, signaling a potential shift in the dynamics of international diplomacy in the Middle East.