A potential rift between President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has seemingly started to arise.
On Tuesday, Biden issued a warning to Netanyau over his published plans for what Gaza might look like after the war. The U.S. president said that Israel could end up losing support from countries across the world if it sticks to what Netanyahu has planned for Gaza.
During a Democratic fundraiser that was held this week in Washington, D.C, the American president said Netanyahu’s government in Israel is the “most conservative government in Israel’s history,” adding Netanyahu “doesn’t want a two-state solution.”
Biden said that viewpoint has to change.
As Biden said at the fundraiser:
“Israel’s security can rest on the United States, but right now, it has more than the United States. It has the European Union, it has Europe, it has most of the world. … But, they’re starting to lose that support by indiscriminate bombing that takes place.”
In a video that was posted online Tuesday, Netanyahu said he and the U.S. president don’t see eye-to-eye over what Gaza should look like after the war is over.
Biden has said he believes the Palestinian Authority, which currently is in power in the West Bank, should regain control of Gaza. But, Netanyahu said he “will not allow Israel to repeat the mistake of Oslo.”
What he’s referring to is the Oslo Accords, which in the 1990s established the Palestinian Authority. They ruled over Gaza until 2007, when the terrorist organization Hamas gained power over the region.
In the video, Netanyahu said:
“Yes, there is a disagreement about the day after Hamas, and I hope we will reach an agreement here as well. After the great sacrifice of our civilians and soldiers, I will not allow the entry into Gaza of those who educate for terrorism, support terrorism and finance terrorism.
“Gaza will be neither Hamastan nor Fatahstan.”
On the flip side, Biden said America wouldn’t support any solution for the region post-war that includes Israel having control over Gaza. Instead, he called for a “concentrated effort” to establishing a solid two-state solution.
At a reception celebrating Hanukkah at the White House Monday, Biden said:
“You cannot say there’s no Palestinian state at all in the future, and that’s going to be the hard part. In the meantime, we’re not going to do a damn thing other than protect Israel in the process. Not a single thing.
“We’ll continue to provide military assistance to Israel until they get rid of Hamas, but we have to be careful — they have to be careful. The whole world’s public opinion can shift overnight. We can’t let that happen.”
Right now, Israel is enjoying widespread support from most western nations in its fight against Hamas. That is mainly due to the fact, though, that they are fighting a terrorist organization that killed more than 1,200 of its people in a surprise attack two months ago.
Should Israel decide to try to take control of Gaza and/or the West Bank, that could dramatically change the opinions of many world leaders.