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Joe Biden believes Israel should postpone its ground invasion of Gaza until more hostages are freed. Responding to a question on the matter before boarding Air Force One headed to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, the president replied to the accompanying journalists: “Yes”. A few minutes later the White House corrected his remarks. Biden “heard wrong the question”, we read in a note which explains that the president’s “yes” answer referred to the need for Hamas to release more hostages and not to a postponement of the land invasion (ISRAEL-HAMAS WAR: THE LIVE UPDATES – THE SPECIAL).
Biden speaks with the two Americans: you have US support
The US president spoke on the phone a few hours ago with Judith Tai Raanan and Natalie Raanan, a mother and daughter from Chicago released by Hamas. “The president had a telephone call with the two Americans released after being taken hostage during the terrible terrorist attack against Israel”, we read in a note from the White House which underlines that the president guaranteed the two women “full support from the United States government to recover from this terrible experience.”
Biden: Hamas attack against Israel-Arab States relations
Previously the president, speaking at an election event in Washington, said that Hamas attacked Israel also to prevent the normalization of relations with the Arab states: “One of the reasons why they did it is because they knew that I would sit at the table negotiations with Saudi Arabia,” Biden underlined. “Because the Saudis wanted to recognize Israel and this would have made the Middle East more united.”
The US warns Israel: avoid attacks against Hezbollah
Joe Biden and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken have “privately” urged Israel to avoid heavy attacks against Hezbollah, the New York Times reports, citing informed sources. Washington’s fear is that some of the hawks in the Israeli war cabinet want a pre-emptive strike against Hezbollah that would leave Israel fighting on two fronts; Hamas in the south and Hezbollah in the north with the risk of involving the United States and Iran in the conflict.