In an interview On CBS’s “60 Minutes,” which aired Sunday, Biden called Israel’s occupation of Gaza a “huge mistake.” Israel is signaling that it is preparing for a ground invasion of Gaza Humanitarian crisis Growing inside coastal Palestinian enclave. Biden has called for public safety, and the U.S. is working to alleviate food, water and gas shortages.
“What happened in Gaza in my view is that Hamas and the radical elements of Hamas do not represent all of the Palestinian people,” Biden told interviewer Scott Pelley.
Biden said he believed Hamas should be completely eliminated, “but there should be a Palestinian Authority. There must be a path to a Palestinian state.
One of the comments A few times the President of the United States It has called on Israel to exercise restraint in responding to the Hamas attacks, which have killed 1,400 people. In response, Israel unleashed a massive bombing campaign against the northern Gaza Strip, from which Hamas launched its offensive.
Michael Herzog, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday that Israel does not intend to occupy Gaza after the conflict ends.
“We have no desire to occupy or re-occupy Gaza. “We have no interest in ruling the lives of over 2 million Palestinians,” Herzog said.
In the “60 Minutes” interview, Biden did not say it was time for a ceasefire.
“Look, there is a fundamental difference. Israel is going after a group that is as barbaric as the Holocaust,” he said.
“So I think Israel has to respond. They have to go after Hamas. Hamas is a bunch of cowards. They hide behind civilians. … The Israelis are going to do everything they can to avoid killing innocent civilians.
The situation in Gaza has quickly turned into a humanitarian disaster, and Israelis told civilians living in the northern part of the territory. Galle to the south ahead of the expected invasion. However, many human rights organizations have said this is impossible because Israeli strikes have damaged infrastructure and Palestinians lack housing in one of the most densely populated places on earth.
Biden told Pelley that there should be a humanitarian corridor to help civilians caught in the middle of the fighting and that Israel would abide by the “laws of war.”
“I firmly believe that Israel will operate under the rules of war,” Biden said. “There are standards that democratic institutions and countries follow. So I’m confident that innocent people in Gaza will have the ability to access medicine and food and water.
The president said he doesn’t expect U.S. forces to go into combat in the area as Israel prepares its ground counterattack. Biden said the US would give Israel “everything they need”.
He added that there was “no clear evidence” that Iran was behind the attacks on Israel.
“Right now, Iran continues to support Hamas and Hezbollah,” Biden said. “I didn’t say that. But basically they had knowledge before them; Did they help plan the attack? There is currently no evidence for that.