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Biden says Netanyahu’s approach to war in Gaza a 'mistake'

Mourners gather next to the bodies of Palestinians, including Hatem al-Ghamri, mayor of Maghazi, who were killed in an Israeli strike in Gaza on April 9. (By Reuters)

US President Joe Biden has sharply criticized Israel's handling of the aggression against the Gaza Strip, describing as a "mistake" Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's approach to the war in the besieged territory.

Biden made the remarks in an interview with American Spanish-language Univision television network on Tuesday.

“Well, I will tell you, I think what he's doing is a mistake. I don't agree with his approach,” he said.

The US president noted that he has called on Israel to agree to a ceasefire, stressing that there is “no excuse” for not sending in humanitarian aid. 

“What I'm calling for is for the Israelis to just call for a ceasefire and allow for the next six, eight weeks total access to all food and medicine going into” Gaza, Biden said.

“I've spoken with everyone from the Saudis to the Jordanians to the Egyptians. They're prepared to move in. They're prepared to move this food in. And I think there's no excuse to not provide for the medical and the food needs of those people. It should be done now,” he added.

In his interview, Biden also slammed as “outrageous” the regime’s attack that killed seven aid convoys of the World Central Kitchen (WCK) in Dayr al-Balah in the central part of the Gaza Strip.

Biden’s remarks come as the Israeli regime’s genocidal war on Gaza has entered the seventh month now.

Israel launched its atrocious onslaught against Gaza on October 7 after the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas waged the surprise Operation Al-Aqsa Storm against the occupying entity in response to the Israeli regime's decades-long suppression and devastation against the Palestinians.

The regime has killed more than 33,000 Palestinians, most of them women and children.

Israel has imposed a “complete siege” on the territory, cutting off fuel, electricity, food and water to the more than two million Palestinians living there.

The US, Israel's biggest and oldest ally, has backed Tel Aviv's ferocious attacks on the Palestinian territory as an instance of "self-defense," and has provided the regime with thousands of arms consignments since the onset of the war.

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