Biden State Dept says Israel has right to self-defense, won’t say whether Palestine does | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Biden State Dept says Israel has right to self-defense, won’t say whether Palestine does

State Department spokesperson Ned Price began his Monday press conference by condemning Hamas for launching rockets at Israel. “This is an unacceptable escalation,” declared Price. “While we urge deescalation on all sides, we also recognize Israel’s legitimate right to defend its people and its territory.

Said Arikat, Washington Bureau Chief for al-Quds, had a very direct follow-up question: “Do Palestinians have a right to self-defense?”

“Broadly speaking Said, we believe in the concept of self-defense. We believe it applies to any state,” responded Price.

The AP’s Matt Lee took note of this assertion and had an inquiry later in the press conference. Price had said that any state has a right to self-defense. Does the Biden administration view Palestine as a state? If they do not, was Price saying Palestinians don’t have a right to self-defense?

When pressed on this, Price suggested it was complicated. “I’m not in the position to debate the legalities from up here,” he explained. “Our message is one of deescalation.”

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