US frustration with Israel grows as Gaza civilian deaths mount

The White House is growing increasingly frustrated with Israel’s conduct of the war against Hamas as the civilian death toll rises and their calls for restraint go unheard. The Biden administration has been having difficult conversations with Israeli officials, urging them to protect civilians and criticizing their campaign on the Shifa hospital in Gaza. The strained relationship highlights the risks of the administration’s strategy, which relied on a close public embrace of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to deliver tough messages behind the scenes.