Biden told Netanyahu, I expect to see significant calm today – Joe Biden tells Netanyahu that the US expects “significant de-escalation today” in the Gaza Strip.
Biden told Netanyahu, I expect to see significant calm today
MilitaryEzyInfo.com – In the fourth meeting between the President and the U.S. Prime Minister since Operation Guardian, they discussed diplomatic efforts to reach a ceasefire, and Gantz told the U.S. Secretary of Defense that “the IDF is making great progress every day.”
Operation GUARDIAN: U.S. President Joe Biden met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today (Wednesday) for the fourth time in the 10 days since Operation Guardian began.
According to a White House statement, Biden made it clear to Netanyahu that he “looks forward to an important calm in Gaza today as we work toward a ceasefire.”
“The President of the United States and the Prime Minister of Israel discussed at length the events in the Gaza Strip, Israel’s progress in exposing the capabilities of Hamas and other terrorists, and the continued diplomatic efforts of the United States and the administration in the region,” the statement said.
Despite Biden’s request, Netanyahu rejected a cease-fire during the conversation, according to Axius. Shortly thereafter, the prime minister, while thanking the U.S. for its support, said he was “determined to continue acting until their goals are achieved, that is until peace and security are restored for the people of Israel.
Defense Minister Gantz also met with his US counterpart, Lloyd Austin, and was briefed on the situation in the Gaza Strip.
According to a report from Gantz’s office, Gantz told Austin that “over time, the IDF has reached a significant milestone, undermining Hamas’ critical military capabilities and endangering those who indiscriminately shoot at Israelis.”
Russia announced this morning that the Kremlin had sent a message to Israel that “no further steps will be taken that endanger civilians in Gaza.”
As noted earlier, Prime Minister Netanyahu and Mr. Biden also spoke yesterday. In the conversation, Biden told Netanyahu that he supports the ceasefire, but stressed that he understands the need for Israel to defend itself.
At the end of the conversation, Netanyahu said, “I commended Mr. Biden for his continued support of Israel’s right to self-defense and told the President that he is determined to achieve the objectives of the operation and restore security to the Israelis.”
“President Biden expressed his support for Israel’s right to defend itself against rockets fired from the Gaza Strip,” the White House said.
The president called on Israel to “do everything possible to avoid harming innocent people, to pledge its support for the cease-fire, and to discuss progress on this issue with Egypt and other countries.”