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Netanyahu to Biden: Don't 'Reward' Terrorism

By    |   Friday, 16 February 2024 11:13 AM EST

Israel rejects the imposition of a Palestinian state after the Oct. 7 massacre, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told President Joe Biden in a 40-minute phone conversation on Thursday.

The leaders, whose relations have deteriorated over the past months discussed the negotiations over a new hostage deal, the humanitarian aid for the Gaza Strip, and the Israeli military operation, specifically the possible operation in Rafah which the Biden administration has opposed.

Biden "reiterated his view that a military operation should not proceed without a credible and executable plan for ensuring the safety of and support for the civilians in Rafah," according to the White House.

They also discussed "the urgency of ensuring that humanitarian assistance is able to get to Palestinian civilians in desperate need."

After the phone call, which came during a meeting with CIA director William Burns and meetings of the War and Security Cabinets, Netanyahu released a statement "regarding the recent talk of imposing a Palestinian state on Israel."

"Israel outright rejects international dictates regarding a permanent settlement with the Palestinians. Such an arrangement will be reached only through direct negotiations between the parties, without preconditions," Netanyahu said.

"Israel will continue to oppose the unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state. Such recognition in the wake of the October 7 massacre would give a huge reward to unprecedented terrorism and prevent any future peace settlement."

Several of Netanyahu's coalition members were outraged after a Washington Post report suggested that the U.S. was working on a plan for a long-term cease-fire in Gaza that would lead to the establishment of a Palestinian state.

The two leaders had last spoken on Sunday, with Biden pushing Netanyahu to close the gaps between Israel's position and Hamas' demands regarding a new hostage deal, according to Axios.

Netanyahu has called Hamas' demands "delusional," and refused to send another Israeli delegation to Cairo to continue the talks after a Tuesday meeting between U.S., Egyptian, Qatari, and Israeli officials ended without a breakthrough.

The once-close relationship between Biden and Netanyahu has deteriorated, reaching a boiling point during a Dec. 28 phone call after a tense exchange of words regarding the reported mounting of civilian casualties in the Gaza Strip.

Biden reportedly urged Netanyahu to shift the war to a less intensive phase and got so angry he was almost shouting, before declaring the conversation "over" and hanging up.

Republished with permission of All Israel News.

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