Biden calls for a halt, saying the violence in Gaza is “over the top.”

NEW DELHI: US President Joe Biden said that he thinks Israel’s reaction to the military strikes in Gaza has been disproportionate and voiced his worry about them. Biden voiced his harshest criticism of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s administration to date at a news conference at the White House. He also underlined his attempts to bring about a protracted cessation of hostilities.

“I’m of the view, as you know, that the conduct of the response in the Gaza Strip has been over the top,” said Biden. He also said that he has been actively pushing for more humanitarian supplies to be given to Palestinian citizens and for a brief cessation of hostilities in order to enable the release of Hamas captives.
“I’m pushing very hard now to deal with this hostage ceasefire,” said Biden. “There are a lot of innocent people who are starving, a lot of innocent people who are in trouble and dying, and it’s gotta stop.”
Israel’s military operation was prompted by the 1,200 deaths inflicted by Hamas terrorists in Gaza and the kidnapping of 253 hostages in southern Israel on October 7. More than 27,000 Palestinian dead have been recorded, according to the Gaza health ministry, and many more might be buried under the debris. There has only been one ceasefire declared so far, and it lasted for a week at the end of November.