Biden: I’ve pushed PM to reduce casualties while advancing ‘legitimate objective’ of eradicating Hamas

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

US President Joe Biden (left) with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv on October 18, 2023. (Haim Zach/GPO)
US President Joe Biden (left) with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv on October 18, 2023. (Haim Zach/GPO)

Asked whether he’s pressured Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to set a timeline for when the war will end, US President Joe Biden says he’s encouraged the Israeli premier “to focus on trying to reduce the number of casualties while he is attempting to eliminate Hamas, which is the legitimate objective.”

“That’s a difficult task, and I don’t know how long it will take. My expectation and hope is that as we move forward, the rest of the Arab world on the region is also putting pressure on all sides to slow this down to bring this to an end as quickly as we can,” Biden adds.

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