In a call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday, US President Joe Biden said Israel has a right to defend itself but also that he hopes violent clashes with Palestinians will end quickly.
The two leaders spoke as the Hamas terror group has fired some 1,500 rockets and mortar shells indiscriminately at the Israeli homefront since Monday evening, and Israel has responded with hundreds of airstrikes on targets including Hamas infrastructure, rocket crews and individual commanders.
“I had a conversation with Bibi Netanyahu not too long ago,” Biden told reporters shortly after the call, using the prime minister’s nickname. “My expectation and hope is that this will be closing down sooner than later, but Israel has a right to defend itself when you have thousands of rockets flying into your territory.”
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