The Joe Biden administration believes that as long as Hamas clings onto its bellicose ideology.

The Biden administration believes that as long as Hamas clings onto its bellicose ideology, any ceasefire would be temporary at best and dangerous at worst, both to Israelis and Palestinians, a U.S. official told NBC News, providing rationale behind its U.N. vote against a ceasefire in Gaza.

The draft also had multiple omissions and failed to condemn Hamas’ attack on Oct. 7 that killed over 1,200 people and alleged sexual violence, the official said, adding that the U.S. had also offered an amendment that rejects and condemns the atrocities.

While acknowledging that it matters how Israel defends itself, the official said the U.S. emphasized Israel’s right to do so, a statement absent from the draft resolution.

Israeli forces continued to operate in the city of Jenin in the occupied West Bank, killing at least seven Palestinians since yesterday, the Palestinian Information Ministry said on Telegram today.

The IDF also arrested 12 Palestinians and imposed a complete siege on the neighborhood, it said, adding it bombed several homes and destroyed infrastructure.

Schools were instructed to transition to distance learning in towns invaded by IDF, the ministry said. Israeli military also launched “a campaign of house raids and arrests of citizens” this morning, it added.

Aid into Gaza has largely stopped, according to a statement released by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs yesterday.

This, in large part, is due to the “intensity of hostilities and restrictions on movement along the main roads.”

Limited aid distributions, however, are still entering the Rafah in the southernmost portion of the Gaza Strip.

Members of the Baajawi family walk through the remains of their home, damaged during an Israeli army raid in Jenin in the occupied West Bank last night. Violence has escalated in the occupied territories since the war broke out, with around 270 Palestinians killed by Israeli fire and settler attacks in the West Bank since October 7, according to Palestinian officials.

The suspect in an attack on a Jewish couple walking to a Beverly Hills, California, synagogue was charged Tuesday with multiple felony counts that could add up to life in prison.


Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced the charges at a news conference, saying rising antisemitic violence and other hate crimes will not be tolerated under his leadership.

The vow came amid a spate of violent and hateful incidents targeting Jews and people of Arab heritage against the backdrop of the Israel-Hamas war.

“Our nation is facing a crisis of hate crime, and these cases are symptoms of that,” Gascón said, adding that his office will “continue to aggressively prosecute these cases.”

The bodies of two hostages, who were taken by Hamas on Oct. 7, have been recovered, according to a statement released by the IDF.

Eden Zakaria, 27, was taken hostage from the Re’im music festival. Master Sgt. Ziv Dado, 36, meanwhile, was working in the army at the time of the attack.

“Locating the missing and bringing the hostages home is a national mission,” said the statement.

The Pentagon announced Tuesday that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will travel to Israel, Bahrain and Qatar next week as the U.S. continues to press allies to commit to an international maritime task force to protect commercial ships in the Red Sea as those ships have come under increased attacks.

Austin will also meet with his defense counterparts in Tel Aviv to show continued U.S. support for Israel’s right to defend itself but also press the need for Israel to avoid more civilian casualties in Gaza.

Late Monday, a land-based cruise missile launched from Houthi-controlled Yemen hit the Motor Transport ship STRINDA, causing a fire. The USS Mason, a destroyer, responded to assist the ship.

The U.N. General Assembly vote on a resolution calling for an immediate humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza in New York City, late yesterday. The U.S., Israel and a handful of other countries voted against the measure.


WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden appeared Tuesday to offer his harshest criticism yet of the Israeli government since Hamas’ terrorist attack on Oct. 7, saying that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has a “tough decision to make.”

“I think he has to change, and with this government, this government in Israel is making it very difficult for him to move,” he said.

Biden made the remarks at an off-camera campaign reception in Washington on Tuesday afternoon, suggesting that Netanyahu’s government is hindering a long-term solution.

The president said that far-right members of the Israeli government, like National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir, don’t want a two-state solution with the Palestinians and that changes must be made to the government.

WASHINGTON — In a striking critique, US President Joe Biden on Tuesday went after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and members of his hardline coalition over their opposition to a two-state solution, while warning that Israel was losing global support due to its “indiscriminate bombing” in Gaza.

Netanyahu is “a good friend, but I think he has to change, and… This government in Israel is making it very difficult for him to move,” Biden said during a campaign fundraiser in Washington hosted by former AIPAC board chair Lee Rosenberg.

In his remarks, Biden criticized far-right National Security Minister Ben Gvir by name and rehashed a line he used in July: “This is the most conservative government in Israel’s history.”

He said he has known Israeli leaders for decades, lamenting that “Ben Gvir and company and the new folks don’t want anything remotely approaching a two-state solution.”

“They not only want to have retribution — which they should — for what Hamas did, but against all Palestinians… They don’t want anything to with the Palestinians,” Biden said, reiterating the US stance that Hamas does not represent all Palestinians and that not all of Gaza should suffer because of the terror group’s brutal October 7 attack on Israel, during which 1,200 people were massacred and some 240 were taken hostage.

Biden also took a shot at Palestinian leaders, though, he did not specify whether he was referring to Hamas or the Palestinian Authority. “The Palestinians have been not governed well at all.”

Referring to the planned rail and shipping corridor linking India with the Middle East and Europe that the US unveiled in September, Biden said there remains an “opportunity to begin to unite the region.”

“They still want to do it, but we have to make sure that Bibi understands that he’s got to make some moves to strengthen the [PA],” Biden said, referring to Netanyahu by his nickname.

“You cannot say there’s no Palestinian state at all in the future,” Biden said.

“We have to work toward bringing Israel together in a way that provides for the beginning of… a two-state solution,” he added.


Netanyahu has intensified his rhetoric against Ramallah since the outbreak of the war, telling a top Knesset panel on Monday that the only difference between the PA and Hamas is that the former wants to destroy Israel in stages while the latter wants to do so immediately.

The increased attacks on the PA, which the US and the international community want to rule Gaza after the war in a precursor to an eventual Palestinian state, has the Biden administration increasingly convinced that Netanyahu has entered “campaign mode,” two US officials told The Times of Israel earlier this week.

Biden went on to suggest that domestic pressure could cause Netanyahu to move in the direction of two states, noting the protests earlier this year that managed to thwart parts of the judicial overhaul being advanced by his government.

“You saw what happened when Bibi tried to change the Supreme Court. Thousands of IDF soldiers said, ‘We’re out. We’re not going to participate. We’re not going to support the military,’” he said, referring to the thousands of reservists who protested the overhaul.

“That wasn’t any outside influence. That came from within Israel,” Biden said.

“Israel has a tough decision to make. Bibi has got a tough decision to make. There’s no question about the need to take on Hamas. None. Zero. They have every right,” he said, acknowledging that Israel currently faces “an existential threat.”

“We’re not going to do a damn thing other than protect Israel… [and ensure they have] what they need to defend themselves and to finish the job against Hamas,” Biden continued, referring to the Gaza-ruling terror organization as “animals” who “exceeded anything that any other terrorist group has done… in memory.”

Still, Biden stressed the importance of protecting civilians while prosecuting the war against Hamas.

The US president recalled how during one of their many conversations since October 7, Netanyahu sought to justify the deaths of civilians in Gaza by recalling how many died in the US response to the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor.

“You carpet-bombed Germany. You dropped the atom bomb. A lot of civilians died,” Biden quoted Netanyahu as having said.

“I said, ‘Yeah, that’s why all these institutions were set up after World War II to see to it that it didn’t happen again,’” Biden said he told Netanyahu in response.

“Don’t make the same mistakes we made [after] 9/11. There was no reason why we had to be in a war in Afghanistan [after] 9/11. There was no reason why we had to do some of the things we did,” Biden said.

“One of the things that Bibi understands — but I’m not sure Ben Gvir and his war cabinet do,” Biden continued, “is that Israel’s security can rest on the United States. But right now it has more than the United States — it has the European Union, it has most of the world supporting it.”

“But they’re starting to lose that support by the indiscriminate bombing that takes place,” Biden said.

Last month, Biden also used the word “indiscriminate” to describe Israel’s bombing campaign in Gaza. However, he was referring to the early stage of the war and indicated that the IDF bombardment has been more pinpointed since. His comments at the fundraiser revealed that he no longer thinks that is the case.

Responding to Biden’s characterization of the Israeli military’s bombing in Gaza, IDF Spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari said the army distinguishes between Hamas operatives and civilians and is in close contact with the US to demonstrate as much directly.