The President has been urging Israel to agree to a ceasefire. But those familiar with the conversations said Netanyahu has been “giving him hell” and has refused to agree to a defusion of the bombings that have rocked the region since October 8.
The source said: “He just feels like this is enough. It has to stop.”
Biden has at points referred to Netanyahu as just “this guy” in private discussions about working with him – with another source telling NBC News that he has allegedly called him an “a**hole” on at least three recent occasions.
The US National Security Council, however, dismissed the sources’ accounts, insisting that despite disagreements on some issues the two men have a “decades-long relationship that is respectful in public and in private”.
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The strikes hit around Kuwait Hospital early Monday morning, an Associated Press journalist in Rafah said.
Some of those wounded in the strikes had been brought to the hospital.
The Israeli military said it struck “terror targets in the area of Shaboura” — which is a district in Rafah.
The military statement said the series of strikes had concluded, without elaborating on the targets or assessing the potential damage or casualties.
Hamas’ Al-Aqsa television station earlier quoted an unnamed Hamas official as saying any invasion of Rafah would “blow up” the talks mediated by the United States, Egypt and Qatar.