President Biden Calls for Palestinian State and Hamas Neutrality

U.S. Stresses Peace and Humanitarian Aid in Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
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U.S. Stresses Peace and Humanitarian Aid in Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

In an exclusive interview aired on Sunday, President Joe Biden underscored his belief in the need to establish a Palestinian state while urging for the neutralization of Hamas, the Palestinian militant group. The interview, taped on Thursday for CBS’ “60 Minutes” and aired Sunday evening, sheds light on the United States’ stance regarding the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Historically, the U.S. has been a staunch ally of Israel, but it has also endorsed a two-state solution, which envisions a separate Palestinian state alongside Israel. The overlapping claims over the holy city of Jerusalem have long been a source of contention, complicating coexistence between Israelis and Palestinians. U.S. presidents have made various attempts to broker a two-state solution in the Middle East over the years.

President Biden emphasized in the interview that while it is imperative to neutralize Hamas, the group does not represent the entirety of the Palestinian population. He cautioned against Israel occupying Gaza again, emphasizing the need for a Palestinian Authority and a path to a Palestinian state.

These sentiments were echoed by White House national security advisor Jake Sullivan, who emphasized the importance of protecting innocent civilians, including the vast majority of the population of Gaza who have no affiliations with the militant organization Hamas. Sullivan stated that these individuals deserve dignity, safety, and security.

The recent escalation of tensions between Israel and the Palestinian territories erupted after Hamas executed a deadly attack on October 7, claiming over 1,400 lives in Israel. In response, Israel launched a counteroffensive that has resulted in the deaths of at least 2,600 people in Gaza, with many local authorities reporting civilian casualties.

The situation in Gaza, under Hamas control since 2007, has evolved into a dire humanitarian crisis, leaving numerous civilians, including American citizens, stranded without access to essential necessities such as food, water, medical services, and shelter.

In response to these developments, the U.S. initially expressed support for Israel’s actions to defend itself and has since mobilized resources and humanitarian aid.

President Biden reiterated that he does not deem it necessary to deploy U.S. military troops to bolster Israel’s counteroffensive.

This ongoing situation in the Middle East remains a pressing concern for the global community as efforts continue to address the complex dynamics and humanitarian consequences of the conflict.