President Joe Biden spoke on Saturday amid escalating violence between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
During a telephone conversation with Netanyahu, the president reiterated his support for Israel’s right to self-defense against the rocket attacks by the militant group Hamas in Gaza, and condemned the attacks in Israeli cities and towns in a report released by the House. White.
The President noted that the current conflict has claimed the lives of Israeli and Palestinian citizens, including children, and expressed concern about the need to protect journalists and ensure their safety.
Netanyahu told Biden that Israel was doing its best not to harm those involved with Hamas and that those who were not involved had been evacuated from the two-story building in the Gaza Strip that housed the Associated Press and Al Jazeera offices. . . Three Israeli heavy missile buildings collapsed on Saturday.
According to a text of the appeal issued from Netanyahu’s office, Netanyahu thanked the President for the unconditional support of the United States for our right to self-defense.
He spoke with President Abbas about the tensions in Jerusalem and the West Bank and his partnership to build Jerusalem as a place of peaceful coexistence for people of all faiths and backgrounds.
In response to the call, the President reiterated his commitment to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Israel’s extraordinary configuration and the Gaza Strip have become an urgent preliminary test of Biden’s foreign policy. The president was working for some time in the Oval Office on Saturday. He usually works from Camp David or his home country of Delaware on weekends.
News that the media office had been destroyed sparked frustration and international outrage, prompting the White House to respond before Biden’s post.
White House Press Secretary Jane Sosaki wrote in a tweet on Saturday that the Biden administration had a direct responsibility to ensure the protection of journalists and independent media through direct contact with Israelis.
The Associated Press chairman said in a statement Saturday that dozens of AP freelancers and journalists had evacuated the building before the attack, but that serious casualties had been avoided despite initial Israeli warnings.
“We are shocked and horrified that the Israeli army is attacking and destroying the AP office building and other media outlets in Gaza,” said Giri Pruett, AP president and chief executive officer. They knew the location of our office for a long time and they knew there were journalists there. We have received a warning that the building will be affected.
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Al Jazeera’s executive director accused Israel of trying to silence the media and condemned the airstrikes as a war crime, calling on the international community to hold Israel accountable.
The destruction of the Al Jazeera office and other media outlets at Al Jazeera Tower is a clear violation of human rights and would be considered a war crime internationally, Dr. Mostafa Sog said in an article posted on the news agency’s website.
“We call for immediate international action to condemn this barbaric behavior and attack on journalists and to hold the international community accountable for the deliberate attacks on Israeli journalists and media.”
The purpose of this heinous crime is to silence the media and cover the immediate genocide and suffering of the people of Gaza.
At least 139 people, including 39 children, have been killed in Gaza. And as the conflict in Israel escalated, eight people died.
New Jersey Democratic Senator Bob Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued a statement Saturday calling for accountability for actions taken in the wake of civilian casualties and the destruction of the media.
All political and military leaders have a responsibility to respect the rules and laws of war, and more importantly, all actors must find ways to reduce and mitigate tensions.