Biden Calls For “Immediate Ceasefire” In Gaza, Warns Netanyahu To Better Protect Gazan Civilians Or Else

The Jerusalem Post reports:

The United States will change its policy toward Gaza unless Israel takes immediate steps to better protect Palestinian civilians there, US President Joe Biden warned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a terse brief call on Thursday night.

“With regard to our policy in the Gaza Strip… if we don’t see the changes that we need to see, there’ll be changes in policy,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told reporters in Belgium as he discussed the conversation.

They spoke as the international community, including the US, continued to condemn the IDF airstrike Monday that killed seven aid workers from the World Central Kitchen, including an American citizen.

The Times of Israel reports:

Biden underscored “that an immediate ceasefire is essential to stabilize and improve the humanitarian situation and protect innocent civilians, and he urged the prime minister to empower his negotiators to conclude a deal without delay to bring the hostages home,” according to a White House readout.

Biden also indicates to Netanyahu during the call that Washington’s policy regarding the war in Gaza will fundamentally change if Israel doesn’t implement a series of concrete steps to address the humanitarian crisis and protect aid workers.