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Netanyahu tells Biden Israel will continue to strike Hamas in Gaza

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent based in New York

Left: US President Joe Biden speaks about Russia in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, April 15, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik); Right: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at a memorial ceremony for fallen soldiers at the Yad LeBanim House on the eve of Memorial Day, in Jerusalem, Tuesday, April 13, 2021. (Debbie Hill/Pool Photo via AP)
Left: US President Joe Biden speaks about Russia in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, April 15, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik); Right: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at a memorial ceremony for fallen soldiers at the Yad LeBanim House on the eve of Memorial Day, in Jerusalem, Tuesday, April 13, 2021. (Debbie Hill/Pool Photo via AP)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office has released its readout from the premier’s call with US President Joe Biden.

Netanyahu thanked President Biden for American backing Israel’s right to defend itself, the readout says.

“Prime Minister Netanyahu said that Israel would continue to act to undermine the military capabilities of Hamas and other terror organizations operating in the Gaza Strip,” it adds, signaling that Israel is not yet interested in a ceasefire.

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