Wednesday Briefing: Biden Says Israel Is Losing Support

Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip yesterday.Credit…Reuters

Biden says Israel is losing support

A divide between Israel and the U.S. burst into the open yesterday as President Biden warned that Israel was losing the world’s support over its war in Gaza.

“They’re starting to lose that support,” Biden said. He added that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu needed to make changes to his government, the most far right in Israel’s history.

Biden’s comments were the sharpest break to date in the language the U.S. has used regarding Israel since the war began after Hamas’s attack on Israel on Oct. 7. Until yesterday, the U.S. has backed Israel in action and in rhetoric — supporting the assault on Gaza, fending off calls for a cease-fire at the United Nations and authorizing the sale of thousands of tank shells to the Israelis.

At the same time, Netanyahu rejected out of hand a U.S. proposal by ruling out any role for the Palestinian Authority in Gaza after the war ends.

Other developments:

  • U.S. officials said the Houthi militia, backed by Iran, struck a Norwegian commercial ship with a cruise missile in the Red Sea.

  • Diseases are spreading in Gaza because of dirty water and overcrowded shelters.

  • Israeli strikes have flattened neighborhoods in the Gaza Strip. Here are images from before and after.

President Joe Biden and President Volodymyr Zelensky met in the Oval Office yesterday.Credit…Doug Mills/The New York Times

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