On Thursday, President Joe Biden expressed his opinion that Israel’s military response to the October 7 attack by Hamas in Gaza was excessive. He stated at the White House, “I believe that the conduct of the response in Gaza, in the Gaza Strip, has been over the top.”
President Biden emphasized his commitment to achieving a long-awaited hostage deal and a sustained cessation of hostilities, pointing out the humanitarian consequences: “There are numerous innocent people facing starvation and trouble, and it must come to an end.”
Meanwhile, his administration outlined the conditions for U.S. military aid recipients in a new memorandum. Specifically, Washington requires “credible and reliable written assurances” of adherence to international law, including international human rights law.
The document doesn’t specify any countries but arises amid increasing calls in the U.S. to link aid to Israel with concerns about the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) operation in Gaza.
Discussing the negotiation process, Biden mentioned speaking to the “president of Mexico,” referring to the leader of Egypt, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. This isn’t the first time the oldest person to ever serve as the U.S. President has mixed up names recently: earlier this week, he reportedly referred to a conversation in 2021 with Angela Merkel as having taken place with the late German Chancellor Helmut Kohl.
During the hearing over his mishandling of classified documents, the U.S. President stated, “My memory is fine.”