Biden Questions Netanyahu's Political Motives in Gaza War

Biden Questions Netanyahu's Political Motives in Gaza War

U.S. President Joe Biden has suggested that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may be prolonging the war in Gaza for political reasons. This comes amid significant political pressure within Israel, with threats from far-right coalition partners to collapse Netanyahu's government if he proceeds with a hostage deal proposal. Netanyahu has countered that planning for postwar Gaza is premature while Hamas remains in power, causing frustration in Washington, which has been advocating for a post-conflict strategy.

Biden has also raised concerns about the conduct of Israeli forces during the conflict, with the International Criminal Court's prosecutor in The Hague requesting arrest warrants for Netanyahu, his defense chief, and three Hamas leaders over alleged war crimes. The conflict, which began in October following a deadly attack by Hamas, has resulted in thousands of deaths on both sides. The Biden administration has proposed a three-phase peace plan aimed at ending the fighting and rebuilding Gaza.

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