Joe Biden has reportedly offered an apology to the leaders of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) for questioning the number of Palestinians killed during the recent Gaza conflict.
According to Axios, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee expressed deep regret for his remarks during a call with CAIR’s heads and other Muslim-American leaders.
The report, citing an unnamed source familiar with the call, claimed Biden verbally acknowledged the inaccuracies in his statements, and apologized for creating confusion. He also reportedly expressed his willingness to work with Muslim-American leaders to better understand the nuances of the Palestine-Israel conflict.
The apology was reportedly accepted by the participants on the call, who expressed appreciation for Biden’s efforts to clarify his remarks.
The exchange occurred days after Biden had made respectable to suggestions that Israel was responsible for excessive military force during the recent fighting in Gaza, and questioned Hamas’ death toll.
The statement had attracted widespread criticism from Palestinian groups and their allies, prompting Biden to write a letter to CAIR on Thursday explaining his position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.