– The way Israel has responded in Gaza has been excessive, says Biden at a hastily called press conference on another topic, when he is asked about the war in Gaza.
Biden says he has long lobbied various actors in the Middle East, including Israel, for more humanitarian aid to be sent to the civilian population of Gaza.
He says he is staying in to bring about some sort of pause in the fighting to free hostages held by Hamas and other groups in Gaza since the Oct. 7 terror attack on Israel, as well as to bring in supplies.
– We work tirelessly for it, says Biden.
– There are innocents, women and children who are in great need of help.
Biden says he hopes a pause in the fighting could then lead to an extension.