Biden Admin: We’re Pressuring Israel To Start Lowering Intensity On Hamas Inside Gaza
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 9: NSC Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby speaks during a briefing to the media at the White House on January 9, 2024 in Washington, DC. U.S. Secretary of Defense Llyod Austin's treatment for prostate cancer and his delay in notifying the White House was a focus of the briefing.
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The Biden White House said on Sunday that they are “intensely” pressuring Israel to lower the intensity of their military operations against the Hamas terrorist organization inside Gaza.

The Sunday remarks from John Kirby, Coordinator for Strategic Communications at the National Security Council, to Margaret Brennan on CBS News’ “Face The Nation” came 100 days after Hamas’ unprecedented terror attack when more than 1,200 Israelis were murdered.

“We have been talking to them intensely about a transition to low intensity operations. We believe it’s the right time for that transition, and we’re talking about doing that,” he said. “Now, they have done some precursory steps to try to kind of get to that point. They were pulling some troops out. They’re relying a little less on air strikes. But we believe that – look, any military campaign, you go through phases. And the next logical phase here, as they have put pressure on Hamas leadership, is to get to lower intensity operations, more targeted, more precise raids, less air strikes. We believe it’s time to make that transition, and we have had that conversation with them.”

Kirby said that it was the “right thing to do” to pressure Israel to lower the intensity of its military campaign agains the genocidal terrorists.

“They have gone after that leadership. They have been able to go after some of the resourcing and infrastructure that Hamas uses to conduct these attacks,” he said. “We’re not saying, let your foot up off the gas completely and don’t keep going after Hamas. It’s still a viable threat. They have every right and responsibility to go after that. It’s just that we believe the time is coming here very, very soon for a transition to this lower intensity phase.”



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