Joe Biden spoke with Benjamin Netanyahu and said that Israel "has the right to defend itself."

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Joe Biden spoke with Benjamin Netanyahu and said that Israel "has the right to defend itself."

The United States president spoke by telephone with the Israeli prime minister in the context of the escalation that was taking place in the country and expressed his wish that the violence end "soon."

Joe Biden considered Wednesday that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) "have the right to defend themselves" against attacks by Palestinian terrorist groups such as Hamas and the Islamic Jihad.

The US president made the statement during a telephone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He declared his wish that the brutality end "earlier rather than later.

I had a conversation with Bibi Netanyahu a while ago. My expectation and hope are that it will end sooner rather than later. Still, Israel has a right to defend itself when it has to launch thousands of rockets into its territory. The US president told reporters.

Biden acknowledged that Jerusalem, a city of great importance to believers around the world, should be a place of peace. The White House said in a statement that it had briefed the prime minister on its diplomatic relations with Palestinian officials in the region, including Egypt, Jordan, and Qatar.

The two leaders agreed to maintain close consultations between their respective teams, including the permanent engagement of their respective Foreign Ministers, Ministers of Defense, Chiefs of Defense and National Security Advisers, and in personal contact in the coming days. Put, add this text.

Hours earlier, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken announced that the government's envoy had met "immediately" to meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders to reduce tensions and escalate violence in the region. Will travel to the Middle East.

Deputy Under Secretary of State for Israeli and Palestinian Affairs Hady Amr will seek ways to reach an understanding.

In particular, he said, he would call on President Biden and me to end the violence.

The US Secretary of State also urged Israel to take maximum precautions to avoid civilian casualties in its operations. However, he defended the right of the Jewish state to operate in Gaza in response to the rocket launch of the terrorist group Hamas.

I think there is an additional burden on Israel to do everything possible to avoid civilian casualties, even when it is legitimately responding in defense of its people, "said Blinken. The images have been described as "shocking."

But the head of US diplomacy pointed out that "there is a clear distinction between Hamas and a terrorist organization - it is firing rockets without provocation - it is actually targeting civilians - and the Israeli response that Is defending itself.

On Tuesday, the Biden administration expressed "unwavering support" for Israel's security and legitimate right to self-defense and called for "restoration of lasting peace" following the scale of tensions and violence between Palestinians and Israelis. 

This was stated by Emily Horne, spokeswoman for the United States National Security Council, during a telephone conversation between National Security Adviser Jack Sullivan and his Israeli counterpart Meir Ben Shabat.

Sullivan condemned the ongoing rocket attacks by the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) and other terrorist groups against Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Horne said.

Senior Israeli Hamas officials were killed in Israeli retaliatory bombings in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, as confirmed by Israeli troops and the terrorist organization.

The Israeli Defense Forces and Security Agencies conducted a complex operation to simultaneously eliminate several senior Islamist group commanders in Gaza and Khan Younis.

According to officials, these are senior commanders who were a significant part of Hamas's general staff and are considered close to the organization's military wing, Mohammed Deif.

The Israeli Internal Intelligence Service (AIS) has reported the deaths of Bassem Issa, the military chief in Gaza City, and three other leaders of the group that controls the Gaza Strip.

His names are Gamal Zabda, head of technical development and Jamaa Tahla, Muhammad Daif (number one in the armed wing of the movement), and Gazem Gatib, head of Hamas' engineering department.