During the current round of conflict in the Middle East, US President Joe Biden publicly supported Israel’s actions, but privately urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to stop the military operation as soon as possible. This was reported by the Axios portal, citing sources in the US and Israeli governments.
According to these data, experts warned the US administration about the danger of an escalation of the conflict in the Middle East since the end of April, but the White House initially did not attach much importance to this. “The Israeli-Palestinian conflict was given a low priority,” the newspaper claims.
As the conflict escalated, Biden decided that Washington would not actively intervene, but instead try to resolve the crisis through “intensive but quiet” diplomatic engagement with Israel and Egypt. At the same time, Biden publicly sided with Israel, but privately insisted that the Israeli authorities stop the military operation and take action as soon as possible to reduce the number of potential civilian casualties. At the same time, the head of the White House decided that the United States would not openly call for a cease-fire.
Only after Washington concluded that Egypt is an effective mediator who can convince the Palestinian radical movement Hamas to stop the shelling of Tel Aviv, Biden decided to call for a cease-fire for the first time, according to sources of the portal.
All this time, he regularly called Netanyahu, urging him to stop military operations. In a total of 11 days, there were six calls to the Israeli Prime Minister, as well as one conversation each with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. According to Axios sources, during one of the last phone calls, Biden told Netanyahu: “You can’t control the development of events. Egypt has a good offer. I think it’s time to wrap this up.” The Israeli Prime Minister, according to these statements, replied to the head of the White House that he needed another 24 hours to complete the operation, but then publicly announced that he would not set any time frame. “The White House decided to let this go, knowing that Netanyahu is playing a game with his electorate,” Axios writes. According to the portal, only 24 hours passed between Biden’s call to Netanyahu to agree to the proposed terms of the cease-fire and Israel’s decision to end the military operation as a result.