Joseph Biden (Photo Credit: AFP/Mark Makela)

President Joe Biden spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday as the conflict between Israel and Islamist terrorist group Hamas continued into its seventh day.

Biden during the call reiterated his strong support for Israel’s right to defend itself against missile attacks from Hamas, for whom Tehran voiced support, and other terrorist groups. Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and other militant groups have fired around 2,300 rockets from Gaza into Israel since Monday, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said on Saturday. It said about 1,000 rockets were intercepted by its missile defences but that 380 were misfired and into the Gaza Strip, adding to the death and injury of civilians in Gaza.

According to a readout of the call, Biden condemned the “indiscriminate attacks” by the terrorist groups on Israel and expressed concerns about “intercommunal violence” reported in Israel’s Jewish-Arab communities.

“The President voiced his concern about violent confrontations in the West Bank. He expressed his support for steps to enable the Palestinian people to enjoy the dignity, security, freedom, and economic opportunity that they deserve and affirmed his support for a two-state solution,” the White House statement said.

He also raised concerns about the safety and security of journalists covering the situation in the area. The comment follows the targeted destruction of a 12-story building in Gaza City on Saturday that Israel said “contained military assets belonging to the intelligence offices of the Hamas terror organization.”