Speaking to donors in Washington Tuesday, President Biden said Israel is losing support for its war against Hamas and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu must change his government.
Biden told donors that Netanyahu has a “tough decision to make” amid his military’s heavy bombardment of Gaza in its effort to take out Hamas.
Additionally the U.S. President called Netanyahu’s government “the most conservative government in Israel’s history,” adding that it “doesn’t want a two-state solution” for Israelis and Palestinians.
The remarks, some of Biden’s most candid to date, come on the heels of a report from the New York Times on Sunday, citing sources, revealing that Netanyahu encouraged Qatar to send millions of dollars monthly to Gaza, which ultimately helped to prop up the Hamas government ahead of the terrorist organization’s massive October 7 attack on Israel.
According to the Times, Netanyahu wrongly believed that “Hamas was neither interested in nor capable of a large-scale attack.”
Though Biden has mostly expressed support for Netanyahu in his military efforts to eradicate Hamas, in phone calls the U.S. President has encouraged the Israeli Prime Minister to try harder to avoid civilian casualties.
More than 1,100 Israelis have been killed in the recent fighting, most during Hamas’ October 7 attack. Since the war began more than two months ago, roughly 18,000 Palestinians have been killed, as well.