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President Joe Biden did not condemn Hamas terrorists for firing rockets at Israel on Wednesday when he was asked about the ongoing violence in the Middle East. “Are you concerned about the violence in the Middle East, and can you talk about what conversations you have had with officials there?” a reporter asked Biden. “My national security staff and defense staff has been in constant contact with their counterparts in the Middle East, not just with the Israelis, but also with everyone from the Egyptians, to the Saudis, to the Emirates, etc.,” Biden said. “And I had a conversation with Bibi Netanyahu not too long ago; I’ll be putting out a statement very shortly on that. My expectation and hope is that this will be closing down sooner than later.” Biden said that Israel had a right to defend itself from attacks, but he did not call out or condemn Hamas for their actions. “But Israel has a right to defend itself when you have thousands of rockets flying into your territory,” Biden continued. “But I had a conversation for a while with the prime minister of Israel, and I think that my hope is that we’ll see this coming to conclusion sooner than later.”

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