Biden to Israel: Don’t Occupy the Gaza Strip

US President Joe Biden during his interview with CBS 60 Minutes. (Photo: video grab)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

It seems that the perfectly aligned US-Israel positions are no longer in perfect harmony, according to a report by CNN. 

The White House said on Tuesday that it does not believe Israel should reoccupy Gaza, following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks about an “overall security responsibility” over the besieged enclave after the war.

“The president still believes that a reoccupation of Gaza by Israeli forces is not good. It’s not good for Israel; not good for the Israeli people,” National Security Council spokesman, John Kirby, told CNN.

“One of the conversations that (US) Secretary (of State Antony) Blinken has been having in the region is what does post-conflict Gaza look like? What does governance look like in Gaza? Because whatever it is it can’t be what it was on October 6. It can’t be Hamas,” Kirby added, according to CNN.

On Monday, Netanyahu said in an interview with ABC News that “Israel will, for an indefinite period, have the overall security responsibility because we’ve seen what happens when we don’t have it.”

The United States had already expressed its opposition to a potential reoccupation of Gaza. Last month, in an interview with CBS, US President Joe Biden said that it would be a “big mistake” for Israel to occupy the Strip. 

Israel has, thus far, killed over 10,328, including 4,237 children, and wounded nearly 26,000 wounded. Palestinian Ministry of Health reports and international organizations say that the majority of those killed and wounded are women and children.

Despite a massive Israeli military buildup around the Gaza borders and sporadic infiltrations on the outskirts of the besieged Strip, Palestinian Resistance continues to repel Israeli attacks.

To justify its military failure, the Israeli army continues to pound civilian homes throughout the Gaza Strip with new massacres reported everywhere in the besieged enclave.

Gaza has been under a tight Israeli military siege since 2007, following a democratic election in occupied Palestine, the results of which were rejected by Tel Aviv and Washington. 

(The Palestine Chronicle)

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