Trump says Israel should wrap up war AND Israel cancels US Delegation after US vote for Cease fire in UN as Biden and Harris call for end to war


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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he would have reacted the same way Israel did after Hamas' Oct. 7 attack, but that Israel was losing international support and should wrap up its war against the Islamist group in Gaza.

Hamas' killing spree through southern Israel, Trump said, was "one of the saddest things I've ever seen."

"That being said, you have to finish up your war. You have to finish it up, you got to get it done," he said.

The former U.S. president made the comments in an interview with Israeli newspaper Israel Hayom published on Monday. A video of the interview was posted on the newspaper's website.

The Oct. 7 attack sparked the war in Gaza that has raged for nearly half a year. Israel says its offensive will continue until Hamas is destroyed and its hostages in Gaza are released.

Israel's intent to expand its operation into the southern Gaza city of Rafah, where over a million Palestinians are sheltering, has caused a rift with the Biden administration, which has said that doing so would be a mistake.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday said he will not send a delegation to discuss the planned Rafah operation to Washington after the United States refrained from vetoing a U.N. Security Council proposal calling for a ceasefire in Gaza.

Trump was also asked how he would have reacted had his family been victims of Hamas' rampage.

"I would say I would act very much the same way as you did. You'd have to be crazy not too. Only a fool would not do that. That was a horrible attack," he said. "It bothers me so much when I see people, they don't talk about Oct. 7 anymore, they talk about how aggressive Israel is."

The Hamas-led attack killed 1,200 people and resulted in more than 250 being taken hostage, according to Israeli tallies. Since then, Israel’s assault on Gaza has killed more than 32,000 people, according to Hamas-run health authorities in Gaza.

Israel cancels high-level meeting in Washington after U.S. abstains on cease-fire resolution​

What we know​

  • After Russia and China vetoed a U.S.-sponsored resolution last week, the U.N. Security Council approved a new resolution today, demanding an immediate humanitarian cease-fire in the Gaza Strip during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which ends April 9.
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled a delegation that was supposed to visit the White House this week. He accused the U.S. of hurting Israel's war effort for failing to veto the cease-fire resolution. President Joe Biden requested the delegation to discuss the looming ground invasion of Rafah and for the U.S. to offer alternative options to reduce potential civilian casualties.
  • The U.S. had warned that the new resolution, which was backed by Russia and China, could hurt cease-fire negotiations, raising the possibility of another American veto. Instead, the U.S. abstained from voting. Israel believes the chances of a hostage deal in the near future are “50/50 right now,” an Israeli official told NBC News today. The official said Israel and the U.S. are waiting for Hamas to respond to a proposal hammered out in Qatar in recent days.
  • After Vice President Kamala Harris refused to rule out that Israel could face consequences if it makes the "mistake" of invading Gaza's southernmost city of Rafah, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant is in Washington meeting with senior U.S. officials.
  • U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres also warned today that a ground assault on Rafah "would cause a humanitarian disaster." More than 1 million Palestinians, many of them displaced from other parts of the enclave, are sheltering in the city. Speaking at a news conference during a visit to Jordan, Guterres said there is a "growing international consensus to tell Israel that a cease-fire is needed."
  • The death toll in Gaza has surpassed 32,200, including at least 30 people who have died of malnutrition, according to the enclave's Health Ministry. Another 74,500 have been reported injured. The Israeli military said at least 247 soldiers have been killed since the ground invasion of Gaza began.