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Biden Is Trying to Rein In Israel. Is It Working?

Dec 8, 2023
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Peter Baker, chief White House correspondent for The New York Times, discusses President Biden's efforts to influence Israel's conduct in the ongoing conflict with Hamas. Topics include Biden's shifting stance towards Israel, tensions with Netanyahu, public pressure on Israel, and the complexities of the US-Israel relationship.
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  • The Biden administration is using private discussions, diplomatic pressure, and socratic questioning to influence Israel's conduct and prevent excessive civilian casualties during the conflict in Gaza.
  • President Biden's unwavering support for Israel has shifted to growing skepticism and open disapproval of Israel's tactics, emphasizing the importance of protecting Palestinian civilians and addressing the potential harm to Israel's international standing.

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Change in US Support for Israel

In the past eight weeks, public support for Israel from President Biden and his cabinet has shifted, with growing skepticism of Israel's approach and open disapproval of its tactics. The Biden administration emphasizes the importance of protecting Palestinian civilians and expresses frustration over the high level of civilian casualties. This change in tone represents the need to address the excessive civilian suffering and the potential harm to Israel's international standing.

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