Harris, who has been actively participating in briefings and discussions regarding the Middle East crisis, closely aligned her comments with the administration’s approach.
She highlighted the need to separate the actions of Hamas from those of the Palestinian people, underlining the importance of upholding humanitarian principles and providing equal safety, security, self-determination, and dignity to Palestinians.
Addressing the ongoing conflict in Gaza, Harris stated:
“By most estimates, at least 1,400 Israelis are dead. Israel, without any question, has a right to defend itself. That being said, it is very important that there be no conflation between Hamas and the Palestinians. The Palestinians deserve equal measures of safety and security, self-determination and dignity, and we have been very clear that the rules of war must be adhered to and that there be humanitarian aid that flows.”
Over the weekend, President Joe Biden intensified discussions with world leaders, focusing on increasing humanitarian aid to Gaza and protecting civilian lives.
In conversations with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, President Biden emphasized the importance of continuing the flow of aid to Gaza and ensuring the well-being of civilians.
The conflict in Gaza has resulted in numerous Palestinian civilian casualties and exacerbated the humanitarian crisis in the region. Despite some aid entering Gaza, it remains insufficient to meet the needs of the 2.2 million people living under the blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt.
As concerns grow about the conflict extending beyond Gaza, Vice President Harris echoed President Biden’s warnings to Iran against involvement.
She emphasized the urgency of upholding democracy and affirmed her commitment to her current role, stating, “I, frankly, in my head do not have time for parlor games when we have a president who is running for reelection. That’s it.”