Joe Biden, Israel-Gaza War

"You flattened Germany": the confrontation between Biden and Israel's war cabinet

US President Joe Biden told "The New Yorker" about a confrontation between him and members of the war cabinet in Israel, who claimed that, "In World War II, you obliterated Germany."

Netanyahu and Biden in Tel Aviv (Photo: Avi Ohayoun, Government Press Office)

US President Joe Biden revealed details of the conversations he's had with members of the Israel's War Cabinet over the past few months, which he said also included "confrontations" with individual ministers. The report was printed in an interview published today (Monday) in the "New Yorker."

Among other things, Biden said that he warned the cabinet members to exercise restraint during IDF attacks in Gaza, saying that he: "understands the anger and the rage, but you cannot let the rage overwhelm you and bring you to a place where you lose the moral advantage." In response, he was told that, "In World War II you obliterated Germany," to which he retorted: "that's why the UN was established and all the laws were put in place to make sure it doesn't happen again."

The American leader added that he hopes he will be able to convince the Israelis to agree to a Palestinian state in exchange for normalization with Saudi Arabia. According to him, promoting diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia is, "Israel's way of repelling its attackers without causing unnecessary suffering. We can set up circumstances that in the end they will continue to move against the leaders of Hamas, but we will not assume that every Palestinian is a supporter of Hamas."

When asked about the criticism against him among supporters of the Democratic Party due to his supposed support for Israel, Biden said that, "I think they need to give it just a little time, to understand what will happen if they go into their country or their neighborhood and see what happened with Hamas." "Pressure on the Israeli leadership to act decisively against Hamas is real, but that doesn't mean it should continue. That doesn't mean it's true. I believe we will see a significant decrease in the use of force soon," he added.

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