Biden’s diplomatic push to prevent escalation of the Israel-Hamas crisisas President Joe Biden told Israel's prime minister he must respect the norms of war and warned other regional nations not to exploit the situation in order to avert a regional conflagration resulting from Israel's planned military attack on Gaza.
The President’s actions come amidst growing concerns within Washington that the ongoing Israel-Hamas war could have destabilizing repercussions in the Middle East.
President Biden, in a series of high-level talks, urged Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to adhere to the “rules of war” in any response to Hamas attacks.
Simultaneously, Biden reached out to Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed of the United Arab Emirates, cautioning against any exploitation of the current situation.
He also issued a direct warning to Tehran, bolstering naval presence in the eastern Mediterranean and sending additional fighter jets as a clear signal to Iran to exercise caution.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken embarked on a visit to Israel, emphasizing solidarity with the Jewish state and confirming significant military assistance.
We will be reiterating, reaffirming the very strong message president Biden has delivered to any country or any party that might try to take advantage of the situation.- US Secretary of State Antony Blinken
However, both Biden and Blinken stressed that their messages were not just for Israel but were directed at all regional actors, emphasizing the importance of restraint amidst the escalating tensions.
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According to the UN, 340,000 Palestinians have been displaced inside the 40km zone, with many fleeing to UN-run schools and refugee camps for safety from Israeli shelling.
On Wednesday, the UN's Palestinian humanitarian agency said that 11 UN employees had been killed in air strikes.
As part of the US efforts, discussions are underway with Israel and Egypt to establish a humanitarian “safe passage” corridor in Gaza.
This initiative aims to protect civilians, ensuring they have the opportunity to avoid the conflict.
John Kirby, the US National Security Council spokesman, reiterated the commitment to safe passage and revealed plans for increased military assistance to Israel in the days ahead.
We support safe passage for civilians. Civilians are protected under the laws of armed conflict and they should be given every opportunity to avoid the fighting.- John Kirby, the US National Security Council spokesman
During a heartfelt address at the White House, President Biden condemned Hamas’s attacks on Israel, describing them as “a campaign of pure cruelty against the Jewish people.” Despite the intensifying conflict, Biden emphasized that efforts for peace were ongoing.
Folks, there’s a lot we’re doing…I have not given up hope of bringing these folks home.- President Joe Biden
President Biden’s diplomatic endeavors reflect a commitment to prevent further escalation of the Israel-Hamas conflict, balancing support for Israel’s security needs with an emphasis on regional restraint.
As tensions continue to mount, Biden’s strategic engagements stand as a testament to the United States’ dedication to stability and peace in the region.