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US President Joe Biden said in a phone call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday that he was very concerned about the hostages remaining in Gaza, the White House said. According to the statement, Biden told Netanyahu that the Red Cross must visit the hostages held captive by Hamas.
Biden said Hamas' refusal to release young women was what led to the collapse of the ceasefire. The White House said Biden and Netanyahu agreed to use every opportunity to release more hostages.
Prime Minister Netanyahu and US President Joe Biden/Image processing, Kobi Gideon/GPO, Facebook White House
During the conversation, Biden welcomed the cabinet's decision to increase the supply of fuel to Gaza, but said there was an urgent need to increase the scope of humanitarian aid to Gaza. Biden told Netanyahu that Israel must protect civilians during the operation in southern Gaza, and that it must distinguish between civilians and Hamas members through safe corridors that will allow residents to reach outside combat zones.
The White House said the president stressed to Netanyahu that he was still concerned about attacks by extremists against Palestinians and stressed that stability in the West Bank must be increased.
Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Tony Blinken said at a press conference with British Foreign Minister David Cameron in Washington that there is a "gap" between Israel's intentions to try to avoid harming civilians and the results on the ground.
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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaking to reporters in Dubai, Dec. 1, 2023/Reuters
Earlier today, White House Deputy National Security Adviser John Feiner told a conference in Washington that "Israel has not been given a deadline to end the operation in Gaza. We didn't tell them, 'You need to stop now' – that's not the way we conduct ourselves. But we have a lot of influence on the way the operation is conducted.
"We are focusing on Hamas not remaining in power in Gaza. This is a legitimate goal in light of what happened on October 7 and that Hamas can no longer pose a threat to Israel. These goals have not yet been achieved, so we did not ask Israel to stop and did not call for a ceasefire."
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