President Biden sought to take credit for a ceasefire Thursday between Israel and Hamas, despite reports that Egypt negotiated the peace.
Biden, who spoke at the White House, included a line in his remarks praising Egyptian officials for their “critical role” in ending the fighting. But he has repeatedly pointed out the intensive work he said has been done by his own administration.
“In the past 11 days, I have spoken with the Prime Minister six times. I have also spoken with President Abbas and the Palestinian Authority more than once and part of our intense diplomatic engagement, “Biden said,” And I also want to thank the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense, our National Security Advisor and all of our team for their incredible efforts to make it happen, an outcome that we are about to see.
“You know, we have had intensive, high-level discussions, hour by hour, literally, on Egypt, the Palestinian Authority and other countries in the Middle East, with the aim of avoiding this kind of protracted conflict. that we have seen in previous years when hostilities broke out. “
Biden pledged to help Israel rebuild its Iron Dome system and work with the Palestinian Authority to rebuild Gaza.
Biden said he spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the ceasefire and congratulated him on his decision to end hostilities.
“The United States fully supports Israel’s right to defend against indiscriminate Hamas rocket attacks,” Biden said.
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Biden said the prime minister also shared his appreciation for the Iron Dome system, Israel’s missile defense that was built with the help of the United States. Biden said the system “has saved the lives of countless Israeli, Arab and Jewish citizens.
“I assured him of my full support in rebuilding Israel’s Iron Dome system to ensure its defenses and security in the future,” Biden said.
Biden said he also spoke with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who is a member of Fatah rather than Hamas.
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“I extend my sincere condolences to all the families, Israeli and Palestinian, who have lost loved ones and I hope that the injured will be fully recovered,” he continued. “The United States is committed to working with the United Nations, and we remain committed to working with the United Nations and other international stakeholders to provide rapid humanitarian assistance and mobilize international support for the people of Gaza and the people of Gaza. Gaza reconstruction efforts. “
“We will do this in full partnership with the Palestinian Authority, not Hamas, the Palestinian Authority, in a way that will not allow Hamas to simply replenish its military arsenal. “
The deadly fighting that erupted after tensions escalated left at least 12 Israelis and 230 Palestinians dead in crossfire in the worst outburst of violence since the Gaza war in 2014, according to reports.
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Hamas has fired more than 4,000 rockets at Israel in the past 11 days in response to a clash between Israeli police and Palestinian protesters, and the IDF retaliated with devastating airstrikes.