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Biden says he doesn’t think Israel overreacting in response to Gaza rockets

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14.05.2021

NEW YORK — US President Joe Biden on Thursday said he did not think Israel has overreacted in its response to rocket fire from Gaza as Washington worked to block the UN Security Council from holding an open meeting on the matter.

“One of the things I’ve seen thus far is that there has not been a significant overreaction [by Israel],” Biden said, when asked at a press conference whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was doing enough to prevent an escalation.

“The question is how they get to a point where there is a significant reduction in the attacks, particularly the rocket attacks that are indiscriminately fired into population centers,” he added.

The president noted his “brief” Wednesday phone call with Netanyahu on the matter, adding that various offices in his administration have been in frequent contact with not just the Israelis, but also the Egyptians, the Saudis and others.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the State Department in Washington, April 5, 2021. (Al Drago/Pool via AP)

During his call with Biden, Netanyahu told the president that Israel would continue striking Hamas, indicating that a ceasefire was not in the cards in the immediate future.

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Biden told Netanyahu that he condemns the Hamas rocket attacks and said the US backs Israel’s right to defend itself.

Meanwhile, UN Security Council diplomats told The Times of Israel that the US mission had blocked an effort backed by all 14 other members to hold the week’s third emergency........

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