Biden reiterates opposition to terrorism, confirms Netanyahu call

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

US President Joe Biden confirms that he spoke today with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the fourth time since the Gaza war outbreak four days ago.

“At this moment, we have to be crystal clear: There is no justification for terrorism. No excuse. The type of terrorism exhibited here is just beyond the pale,” he says in remarks at a separate White House event unrelated to Israel.

Biden adds that he’ll be holding meetings and calls on the ongoing conflict “all through the day and beyond.”

A readout issued by the White House on the call says Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris spoke with Netanyahu after receiving another briefing from their national security advisers.

The leaders discussed “ongoing US support for Israel as Israel defends itself and protects its people.

“The leaders agreed to stay in regular contact in the face of an unprecedented and appalling assault by Hamas terrorists,” according to the US readout.

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