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Biden commends Netanyahu for ending Gaza fighting, vows future Iron Dome support

US President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the Middle East in the Cross Hall of the White House, in Washington, DC on May 20, 2021, soon after Israel and the two main Palestinian terror groups in Gaza, Hamas and Islamic Jihad, announced a ceasefire (Nicholas Kamm / AFP)
US President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the Middle East in the Cross Hall of the White House, in Washington, DC on May 20, 2021, soon after Israel and the two main Palestinian terror groups in Gaza, Hamas and Islamic Jihad, announced a ceasefire (Nicholas Kamm / AFP)

US President Joe Biden, speaking at the White House, confirms he spoke to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after the ceasefire was announced, in the sixth conversation between the two leaders.

“In my conversations with Prime Minister Netanyahu, I commended him for bringing the current hostilities to a close within less than 11 days. I also emphasized what I’ve said throughout this conflict: The United States fully supports Israel’s right to defend itself against indiscriminate rocket attacks from Hamas and other Gaza-based terrorist groups that have taken the lives of innocent civilians in Israel.”

Biden also says he assured Netanyahu that the US will replenish its Iron Dome missile supply in the future.

Biden thanks Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi for brokering the ceasefire.

He laments the high death toll from the conflict, noting the child casualties on both sides.

“I send my sincere condolences to all the families, Israeli and Palestinian, who have lost loved ones and my hope for a full recovery for the wounded,” says Biden.

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