(DCWatchdog.com) – As if things couldn’t get worse between Israel and Palestine, the current US administration gave Israeli authorities a piece of their mind, and Israel sent a reply sooner rather than later letting the White House know that “victory is within reach.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stands firm against criticism from Joe Biden regarding Israel’s military actions in Gaza.
Netanyahu argues that Israel’s operations are focused on targeting “terrorists” while ensuring the safety of civilians in Rafah. This comes after Biden described Israel’s response as “over the top” in the wake of an Oct. 7 attack by Hamas. In an interview with ABC News, Netanyahu expressed confidence that “victory is within reach” for Israel.
“I don’t know exactly what he meant by that,” Netanyahu said, referring to Biden’s comments. “But put yourself in Israel’s shoes,” he said. “We were attacked. Unprovoked attack, murderous attack on October 7th, the worst attack on Jewish people since the Holocaust. And let me tell you, I think we’ve responded, in a way that goes after the terrorists and tries to minimize the civilian population in which the terrorists embed themselves and use them as human shields…”
Netanyahu also cast doubt on the casualty figures released by Gaza’s Ministry of Health, which report over 28,000 deaths. “I’d be cautious with the Hamas statistics, and I can tell you that according to these urban warfare experts and other commentators, we’ve brought down the civilian-to-terrorist casualty, the ratio down to below 1-to-1, which is considerably less than in any other theater of similar warfare,” he asserted. “And we’re going to do more.”
“But one thing we’re not going to do is we’re not going to let Hamas emerge victorious,” he said. “And if we leave, it’ll be a tremendous victory for the Iran terror axis. It’s bad for everyone.
Amid these tensions, the Biden administration has been pushing for a temporary cease-fire to facilitate the release of Israeli hostages and increase humanitarian aid deliveries into Gaza.
Despite Biden’s critique of Israel’s military response, Netanyahu confirmed he has not spoken to Biden since the criticism was made.