Long-range rockets reportedly fired towards Jerusalem
FOX News’ Trey Yingst reports on the ‘major escalation’ against Israel in their war against Hamas.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly told President Biden that a ground operation in the Gaza Strip is necessary after Hamas launched deadly strikes on his country.
The remark, made in a phone call between the two leaders, came as Biden raised concerns about Israeli hostages in the Gaza Strip if a ground operation should commence, three Israeli and U.S. sources briefed on the call told Axios.
“We have to go in. We can’t negotiate now,” Netanyahu told the president, according to the outlet.
Netanyahu told Biden that Israel has no choice but to respond with force since a country cannot display weakness in the volatile Middle East, Axios also reported, citing the sources.
FAMILIES OF ISRAELIS FEARED KIDNAPPED BY HAMAS TERRORISTS SPEAK OUT
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly told President Biden that his country has no choice but to carry out a ground operation in the Gaza Strip after the Hamas terror group, which controls the area, has attacked Israeli civilians. (SEBASTIAN SCHEINER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
“We need to restore deterrence,” Netanyahu reportedly said.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital.
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The State Department said nine Americans have been killed so far in the attacks by Hamas, which began on Saturday.
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Israeli media is reporting Monday that 800 Israelis have been killed, while the Palestinian Ministry of Health is reporting more than 550 deaths in the Gaza Strip.
Greg Norman is a reporter at Fox News Digital.