President Biden says ‘Israel has the right to defend itself’ as violence escalates

President Biden says ‘Israel has the right to defend itself’ as violence escalates
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As the violence between Hamas and Israel continues to escalate, U.S. political leaders are coming forward to condemn the attacks on both sides, and to call for a peaceful resolution. President Biden told reporters on Wednesday that, “My expectation and hope is that this will be closing down sooner than later, but Israel has a right to defend itself when you have thousands of rockets flying into your territory.” The White House also released a readout of Biden’s call with Netanyahu on Wednesday, which noted that Biden “condemned the rocket attacks by Hamas and other terrorist groups” and “conveyed his unwavering support for Israel’s security and for Israel’s legitimate right to defend itself and its people, while protecting civilians.”