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Biden’s Blistering Ultimatum to Netanyahu: “Do It or Else” on Gaza Crisis

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In a blistering phone call this week, President Joe Biden issued a stern ultimatum to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – drastically change your approach to the spiraling Gaza conflict or face “severe consequences.”

The combustible conversation marked a serious escalation in tensions between the United States and its longtime ally over the handling of the violence and humanitarian emergency unfolding in the besieged Palestinian territory. Sources familiar with the discussion described Biden unleashing a volley of scathing rhetoric and hardline demands on the Israeli leader.

A Turning Point After Aid Worker Killings

The President’s uncompromising stance appeared to be precipitated by a recent attack that left seven staffers from the humanitarian group World Central Kitchen dead. The tragic killings of the American aid workers, who were in Gaza delivering food to the vulnerable, seemed to shatter any remaining restraint in the Biden administration’s rhetoric toward Israel.

Prior to this pivotal incident, the U.S. had issued more measured calls for de-escalation. But the deaths of the Kitchen staffers appeared to obliterate the last traces of diplomatic decorum, unleashing the full force of Biden’s fury and resolve to force a course correction from Netanyahu.

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Ultimatums and ‘Severe’ Consequences

In the combustible call, Biden issued a series of hardline ultimatums and demands that he insisted Netanyahu implement “specifically, concretely and measurably” to address the deepening crisis. At the top of the list was immediately opening border crossings and ports to allow a surge of humanitarian aid to reach the beleaguered Gaza Strip.

Ominously, the President warned that failure to enact these measures would incur “severe consequences” for Israel – though U.S. officials have not detailed what such punitive actions could entail. The blustering threat has sparked speculation of potential penalities ranging from economic sanctions to restricting U.S. military aid.

But Netanyahu appeared to be in no mood for capitulation. According to sources, his curt response to Biden’s edicts was a cagey “Joe, we’re gonna do it” – a seeming assent belied by the defiant undertones.

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Growing Rift Over Military Onslaught

Indeed, in the aftermath of the call the rift between the U.S. and Israel over the military onslaught in Gaza has only intensified. Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined a chorus of 40 Democratic lawmakers demanding Biden halt U.S. weapons shipments to Israel to force an end to the civilian carnage.

Their outrage has been stoked by a catastrophic human toll in just the latest flare-up of the decades-old conflict. According to figures from Gaza’s health ministry, over 33,000 Palestinians have already perished, with the dead including a horrifying number of innocent women and children.

Compounding the crisis is an acute food shortage brought on by the warfare severing supply lines. Images depicting scenes of widespread starvation have added fuel to the global condemnation, igniting mass protests across major cities.

Famine, Death, and Global Outrage

The harrowing depictions of famine and destruction have clearly swayed public opinion and shifted political winds worldwide regarding the conflict. What was once an issue sparking bitter partisan divides in the U.S. has now coalesced into a rising bipartisan outcry over the civilian suffering and toll on humanitarian workers.

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With his unnegotiables laid bare to Netanyahu, the world waits with bated breath to see if the Israeli leader will aquiesce to Biden’s edicts. Already there are rumblings that his security cabinet approved the measures called for by the U.S., including opening border crossings.

But the road ahead remains rocky and steeped in volatility. After decades of fruitless efforts to broker lasting peace in the region, the possibility of genuine de-escalation and progress seems as elusive as ever.

In the shadow of Biden’s blistering words and threats of punishment, one thing is grimly certain – unless the violence ceases soon, the death toll and images of civilian suffering are sure to intensify. And with them, the potential for even more explosive outrage and retribution on the global stage.

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Mezhar Alee
Mezhar Alee
Mezhar Alee is a prolific author who provides commentary and analysis on business, finance, politics, sports, and current events on his website Opportuneist. With over a decade of experience in journalism and blogging, Mezhar aims to deliver well-researched insights and thought-provoking perspectives on important local and global issues in society.

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