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Biden talks state for Palestinians with Israeli prime minister

Biden talks state for Palestinians with Israeli prime minister Photo: US President Joe Biden (GettyImages)

President of the United States, Joe Biden, discussed possible solutions for the creation of an independent Palestinian state with the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, over the phone, Reuters reports.

Joe Biden spoke with Benjamin Netanyahu for the first time in nearly a month, as reported by the White House. The discussions were focused on Israel's strikes on Gaza.

Addressing reporters, Biden stated that Netanyahu is not opposed to all decisions regarding the creation of two states, and there are several possible options. He noted that some members of the United Nations lack armed forces.

Netanyahu declared at a press conference that he rejects any Palestinian statehood that does not guarantee Israel's security.

"Israel must have security control over the entire territory west of the Jordan River. That's a necessary condition," he said.

Journalists asked U.S. President Joe Biden whether he would alter the conditions for providing aid to Israel after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that he does not support the creation of two states.

"I think we'll be able to work something out ... I think there's ways in which this could work," U.S. President said.

According to the White House, Biden and Netanyahu discussed how to ensure the security and release of remaining hostages held by Hamas. They also talked about Israel transitioning to more targeted operations in Gaza to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid.

Biden, consistent with his previous stance, firmly supports Israel in its conflict against Hamas, but he also aims to reduce the number of Palestinian casualties.

"The president also discussed his vision for a more durable peace and security for Israel fully integrated within the region and a two state-solution with Israel's security guaranteed," the White House said in a statement about their call.

U.S. support for Israel

The U.S. State Department previously approved the sale of 155 mm artillery shells and equipment to Israel without congressional review.

Additionally, the U.S. confirmed the shipment of two "Iron Dome" systems to Israel, aimed at protecting the country from missile attacks by Hamas militants.