In Latest Israel-Hamas Conflict, White House Avoided Publicly Clashing with Israel

(Wall Street Journal) Vivian Salama - The Biden administration made "a very conscious decision not to cross the Israelis in public" during the latest fighting, a U.S. official said, in part because it was believed that an antagonistic U.S. approach aggravated tensions during the last conflict in 2014. Instead, the administration tried to keep the U.S. out of public international and domestic debates and to give Israel the space to carry out its military objectives, while quietly working with Egypt, Qatar and Israel to end the conflict. President Biden, an ally of Israel throughout his career, backed the country's right to self-defense against Hamas rocket attacks.

2021-05-24 00:00:00

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