After Call With Biden, Netanyahu Rejects ‘International Dictates’

While the rift between the US and Israeli leaders appears to be growing, the White House is still refusing to place conditions on aid to Tel Aviv

Shortly after a call with President Joe Biden, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected international pressure on how Tel Aviv handles the war in Gaza. The US provides Israel with billions in military aid every year. Biden has said he has pressured Israel to accept a Palestinian state after the war and to reduce the killing of civilians in Gaza. Yet, the White House has refused to place any conditions on the weapons it sends to Tel Aviv.

On Thursday, Biden held a 40-minute phone with Netanyahu. According to a White House press release, Biden reaffirmed America’s commitment to helping Israel rescue hostages. Netanyahu has vetoed any negotiations with Hamas and is committed to freeing the hostages through military operations.

Additionally, Biden requested that the military operation against Rafah should not begin until Tel Aviv has a plan for where the 1.5 million civilians in the city should go. Netanyahu claims Israel’s military must crush the city to eliminate Hamas. However, Israeli military officials have concluded that Hamas will survive the war.

Several international rights organizations have warned that an Israeli attack on Rafah will cause the mass death of Palestinians. More than 1 million Palestinians displaced from other areas of Gaza are living in tents on the streets in the city.

Netanyahu rejected any pressure from the US in a post on X. “Israel outright rejects international dictates regarding a permanent settlement with the Palestinians. Such an arrangement will be reached only through direct negotiations between the parties, without preconditions.” The post continues, “Israel will continue to oppose the unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state. Such recognition in the wake of the October 7 massacre would give a huge reward to unprecedented terrorism and prevent any future peace settlement.”

The White House has made several requests from Tel Aviv throughout the four-month war in Gaza. While the US sends Israel $3.8 billion in military aid every year, Biden has refused to use those weapons as leverage to get Israel to meet US demands.

Additionally, the unfettered military support for Tel Aviv could make Washington an accomplice to Israeli war crimes in Gaza. Israel has killed over 28,000 people, including 12,000 children, in Gaza. Tel Aviv’s military has systematically destroyed Gaza’s health care system and prevented US-funded food from reaching starving Palestinians. The International Court of Justice ruled last month that Israel was plausibly committing a genocide in Gaza.

Kyle Anzalone is the opinion editor of, news editor of the Libertarian Institute, and co-host of Conflicts of Interest.