ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 149

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Biden said to tell Israeli war cabinet he understands defeating Hamas will take time

US President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lead a meeting of Israel's war cabinet in Tel Aviv on October 18, 2023. (Haim Zach/GPO)
US President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lead a meeting of Israel's war cabinet in Tel Aviv on October 18, 2023. (Haim Zach/GPO)

US President Joe Biden told Israel’s war cabinet during their meeting earlier today that he understands that the IDF’s battle to defeat Hamas will take time, the Axios news site reports, citing a senior Israeli official.

Minister Benny Gantz told Biden, “It could take years,” according to the Israeli official.

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant told Biden that US support will be critical for Israel, as the war drags on.

Biden responded that it will be easier for the US to support Israel if it allows humanitarian aid to reach Gaza.

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