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White House says Biden didn’t call for Israel to delay Gaza offensive: He didn’t hear question

US President Joe Biden and US First Lady Jill Biden step off Air Force One upon arrival at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Delaware, on October 20, 2023. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP)
US President Joe Biden and US First Lady Jill Biden step off Air Force One upon arrival at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Delaware, on October 20, 2023. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP)

The White House is now walking back US President Joe Biden’s earlier comment that Israel should delay its expected offensive in Gaza until more hostages held by Hamas and other Palestinian terror groups are released.

While boarding Air Force One earlier, Biden was asked by a reporter whether Israel should push off a military operation in Gaza, to which he responded, “yes.”

“The president was far away. He didn’t hear the full question. The question sounded like ‘Would you like to see more hostages released?’ He wasn’t commenting on anything else,” White House spokesperson Ben LaBolt is quoted as saying by Reuters/

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