Washington, The Gulf Observer: US President Joe Biden has said that Israel has the right to respond to the attack but must do “everything in its power” to protect civilians.
Biden said that he is sure Israeli strikes in the besieged Gaza have resulted in civilian casualties, but sought to cast doubt on the official toll from Palestinian Health Ministry.
Biden also told reporters at a joint press conference with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese that Israeli settler attacks on Palestinians in the occupied West Bank must “stop now.”
Biden also reiterated calls for a two-state solution for Palestinians and the Israelis once the current conflict subsides.
“I continue to be alarmed about extremist settlers attacking Palestinians in the West Bank,” Biden said, accusing them of pouring gasoline on a fire.
“They’re attacking Palestinians in places that they’re entitled to be.”
Biden also said that he “did not demand” that Israel delay a ground invasion of Gaza until hostages are freed.