Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday brushed off President Biden's call to get a"significant de-escalation" of the conflict in Gaza, saying he's"determined to keep" the operation from the terrorist organization Hamas -- just as Biden is facing pressure in the innovative arm of his own party on the problem.
Biden talked to Netanyahu early Wednesday, and the White House said the two"had a thorough discussion of this state of events in Gaza, Israel's advancement in degrading the capabilities of Hamas and other terrorist elements, along with ongoing diplomatic efforts by regional authorities and the USA."
However, following a visit to military headquarters hours later, Netanyahu said that he"greatly enjoys the support of this American president" but said Israel will push ahead"to return the calm and safety to you, citizens of Israel."
He added that he is"determined to keep this operation until its goal is fulfilled."
Israel has been responding to rocket attacks from Hamas using measures of its own, including airstrikes targeting key Hamas military complexes. The country is facing criticism because of the documented 200+ Palestinians murdered, in addition to strikes such as the one in an social media construction -- although the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) stated that it was being used by Hamas, together with media outlets used as pay.
Hamas has launched over 3,000 rockets into Israel since the conflict started nine days ago, and the nation's Iron Dome has intercepted and totaled over 90%, according to the Israeli army.
The Biden government has been supportive of Israel thus much, providing apparent capital of Israel's right to defend itself and highlighting that Hamas is a nationally recognized terrorist organization.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken noted Thursday that there are"fundamental differences between a terrorist organization, Hamas, that is indiscriminately bogged down rockets -- in fact, targeting civilians -- and Israel's answer defending itself, that's targeting the terrorists." Biden similarly said that Israel"has a right to defend itself"
However, The Associated Pressreportedthat top Biden administration officials have told the Israelis independently that"time isn't on their side" in terms of international distrust to nine times of Israeli airstrikes and Hamas rockets, and it is in the best interest of Israel to end down operations soon.
Biden is increasingly facing pressure from the more progressive left of his own party to ramp up pressure on the U.S. ally, with a variety of Democrats whining that Biden has not been harder against Israel. A number have objected to some pending $735 million purchase of precision-guided missiles to Israel. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, said he's"serious concerns about the time of the weapons sale, the concept it will send to Israel and the entire world concerning the urgency of a cease-fire."
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has blamed"right-wing extremists at Jerusalem" for its violence, while Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and the leader of the"Squad," has been critical of Biden's support for Israel.
"Blanket statements like those [with] small circumstance or comprehension of that which precipitated this cycle of violence - specifically, the expulsions of Palestinians and strikes on Al Aqsa - dehumanize Palestinians [and] suggest the US will look the other way at human rights offenses. It's incorrect," she tweeted week.
"by simply stepping in to name Hamas' actions - that are condemnable - [and] Struggling to admit the rights of Palestinians, Biden reinforces the false idea that Palestinians instigated this cycle of violence," she added. "This isn't neutral language. It requires a side - the side of job."
On Tuesday, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., appeared to possess a heated discussion with Biden as he came in Michigan on Tuesday. Tlaib, that is of Palestinian tradition, has been a vocal critic of Israel and also the government's answer to the conflict.
"If you support a cease-fire, then escape the way of the U.N. Security Council and join other countries in demanding it," she stated in a tweet Monday directed at the president and Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
"Apartheid-in-chief Netanyahu will not listen to anybody asking well," she continued. "He commits war crimes and openly violates international law"
Moments later, Biden praised Tlaib because he spoke in Dearborn.
"I want to say to you that I respect your intellect, I respect your passion, and I admire your concern for so many different men and women. And it is from my heart," Biden said. "I pray that your Grandma and family are well, I promise to do all you see that they are from the West Bank."