President Joe Biden stated in a brand new interview he doesn’t agree with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ongoing assaults in Gaza, issuing a few of his harshest critique of the nation’s battle with Hamas thus far.

“I will tell you, I think what he’s doing is a mistake,” Biden stated of his Israeli counterpart in an interview with Univision’s Enrique Acevedo that aired Tuesday. “I don’t agree with his approach.”

The change in tone represents a dramatic shift within the U.S. coverage following Hamas’ Oct. 7 assault in Israel that left 1,200 individuals lifeless. Israel’s assault in Gaza has since stretched greater than six months, leaving at least 32,000 Palestinians lifeless.

The White Home had resisted outright criticism of Netanyahu’s efforts whereas urging Israel and Hamas to achieve a cease-fire settlement, regardless of the battle’s rising civilian toll. However that help modified final week following the deaths of seven help employees with World Central Kitchen, who had been killed in an Israel air strike after delivering meals in Gaza.

Biden has since warned Netanyahu that future U.S. help might be contingent on the safety of civilians, calling the continued humanitarian disaster “unacceptable.”

The president re-upped his requires a cease-fire within the Univision interview, which was recorded final week simply days after the help employees had been killed. Israel has taken responsibility for his or her deaths.

“I think it’s outrageous that those … vehicles were hit by drones and taken out on a highway where it wasn’t like it was along the shore, it wasn’t like there was a convoy moving there,” he stated. “What I’m calling for is for the Israelis to just call for a cease-fire, allow for the next six, eight weeks total access to all food and medicine going into the country.”

The president added the U.S. had spoken to international locations within the area who had been ready to maneuver in meals and different humanitarian help.

“And I think there’s no excuse to not provide for the medical and the food needs of those people,” Biden added. “It should be done now.”

Israel authorized the opening of a border crossing in northern Gaza for the primary time since Oct. 7 following Biden’s name with Netanyahu.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated Hamas wanted to simply accept a brand new cease-fire deal brokered by the U.S. that would come with the discharge of hostages. However Hamas has but to answer the proposal, and U.S. officers have said the group’s public statements thus far “have been less than encouraging.”

In the Univision interview, Biden additionally slammed his predecessor and 2024 Republican rival, former President Donald Trump, calling him the best menace to the nation. He pointed to Trump’s habits surrounding the Jan. 6, 2021, revolt on the U.S. Capitol, which has resulted in a multi-pronged federal indictment.

“The idea that he would sit in the office … and watch for hours the attack on the capitol and the destruction and the mayhem and the people who were killed, the police officers who died, and call them political heroes? Call them patriots…” Biden stated. “I can’t think of any other time in my lifetime that you’ve had somebody who’s had this kind of attitude.”