Netanyahu Rebukes Biden’s Claims About Israel’s Support

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has responded to President Joe Biden’s recent remarks about the potential loss of support for Israel if its “incredibly conservative” government continues its Gaza campaign. To counter Biden’s claim, Netanyahu emphasized the success of his leadership in securing strong support for Israel and blocking pressure to end the war prematurely.

Netanyahu pointed to a recent Harvard-Harris poll, which revealed that over 80 percent of U.S. respondents support Israel over Hamas in the current conflict. This widespread support gives Israel the confidence to continue its campaign until it achieves total victory, according to the Israeli leader.

However, it is important to note that there has been a shift in public opinion regarding Israel’s offensive in the Gaza Strip. An AP/Norc poll conducted in January indicated that 50 percent of U.S. adults believed Israel had gone too far, up from 40 percent in November. This increase suggests growing concerns about the Israeli military operation.

The tension between President Biden and Prime Minister Netanyahu has escalated as the conflict persists. Biden has expressed frustration with Israel’s actions, describing their military operation as “over the top” and indicating his desire for a year free from hostilities. In response, Netanyahu has defended Israel’s campaign and its conservative government, implying that they are acting in Israel’s best interest.

While President Biden has suggested that a cease-fire and a hostage deal during Ramadan could pave the way for progress, Netanyahu remains steadfast in his belief that Israel’s current approach is the right one. He is confident in the support Israel has garnered and sees a path forward that aligns with the interests of Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia’s readiness to recognize Israel.

As the conflict continues, these two world leaders’ differing views and approaches highlight the challenges they face in finding a resolution. The opinions of their respective constituents and the broader international community will undoubtedly play a significant role in shaping the future of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.