Biden speaks with Israel's Netanyahu again amid ramped up strikes in Gaza
Added 05-15-21 02:57:02pm EST - “President Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke again Saturday as violence between Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip continues to escalate.?” - Thehill.com
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President BidenJoe BidenVirginia GOP gubernatorial nominee acknowledges Biden was 'legitimately' elected BuzzFeed News finds Biden's private Venmo account Kid reporter who interviewed Obama dies at 23 MORE and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuBenjamin (Bibi) NetanyahuMORE spoke again Saturday as violence between Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip continues to escalate.
According to a readout of the call released by the White House Saturday afternoon, Biden "reaffirmed his strong support for Israel’s right to defend itself against rocket attacks from Hamas and other terrorist groups in Gaza" and "raised concerns about the safety and security of journalists and reinforced the need to ensure their protection."
"He expressed his support for steps to enable the Palestinian people to enjoy the dignity, security, freedom, and economic opportunity that they deserve and affirmed his support for a two-state solution. The leaders agreed to continue the close consultation between their teams and to remain in touch in the days ahead," the White House said.
The call came after Israel faced pushback over its targeting of a high rise in Gaza that housed journalists from The Associated Press, Al Jazeera and other networks. Video of the building collapsing spread across the internet, drawing condemnations from journalists and concerns from the White House.
The Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C., also released a readout of the call between the two world leaders. The statement said that Netanyahu updated Biden on the actions the Israeli military has taken. Netanyahu thanked Biden for his “unreserved” support for Israel and maintained Israel is striving to avoid civilian casualties as the fighting balloons.
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