Biden: ‘Defense Department data’ shows Israel not responsible for Gaza hospital blast

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

US President Joe Biden meets in Tel Aviv with first responders to the October 7, 2023, Hamas onslaught, on October 18, 2023. (Screen capture/Channel 12)
US President Joe Biden meets in Tel Aviv with first responders to the October 7, 2023, Hamas onslaught, on October 18, 2023. (Screen capture/Channel 12)

In an apparent response to a shouted question about the basis for his endorsement of Israel’s version of last night’s deadly hospital blast in Gaza City, US President Joe Biden says, “The data I was shown by my Defense Department.”

Biden, speaking after he met with Israeli first responders to Hamas’s October 7 terror onslaught in southern Israel, appeared to be making clear that the US has independent evidence that Israel was not to blame for the hospital blast.

Making public statements with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier, Biden had said, “Based on what I’ve seen, it appears it was done by the other team, and not you.”

At the same time, he added, “There’s a lot of people out there who are not sure. So we’ve gotta overcome a lot of things.”

Israel has presented a range of evidence showing a faulty Islamic Jihad missile hit the hospital parking lot, including a recording of Hamas officials acknowledging the fact, contradicting Hamas claims that an Israeli air strike was to blame.

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