The American president, Joe Biden, defended this Monday the need to stop the Israeli military offensive in the Gaza Strip in order to “build something more sustainable.” Biden made these remarks at a joint event with King Abdullah of Jordan at the White House in Washington. The president of the United States thus refers to the proposal prepared with Egypt and Qatar for the two parties to agree to a humanitarian pause of at least six weeks “that we can take advantage of to build something more sustainable,” according to the American press.
To achieve this, he encouraged Israeli leaders to “continue working to reach an agreement” despite the response of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who described the proposal as “disappointing.” The goal is to “return all the hostages home and alleviate the humanitarian crisis to end the terrorist threat and bring peace to Gaza and Israel through a two-state solution,” he argued.
“We are working to create the conditions for a lasting peace with Israel’s security guarantees and meeting the Palestinian aspirations for their own state. I say this as a person who supports Israel throughout its life. This is the only path that guarantees Israel’s security long term,” he argued.
Biden also called on the Palestinians to “seize the opportunity.” “The Palestinian Authority must be urgently reformed so that it can effectively serve the Palestinian people in the West Bank and Gaza,” he urged. “When Hamas can no longer control Gaza, (the Palestinian Authority) must prepare to build a state that accepts peace, which does not harbor terrorist groups such as Hamas and Islamic Jihad,” he argued.
The American president highlighted the steps towards peace that have been achieved in recent months, with peace agreements between Israel and several Arab countries, and predicted that a future Palestinian state would also be possible. to live in peace in Israel. “There were efforts before the October 7 attacks. Now it is more urgent,” he stressed.
Attack on Rafah
Regarding the announced Israeli attack on the Rafah region, where some 1.3 million Palestinians displaced by the conflict have taken refuge, Biden insisted that a “credible plan that guarantees the security and support” for civilians. “We have been clear from the beginning about our opposition to any forced evacuation of Palestinians from Gaza,” emphasized the White House tenant.
Thus, he emphasized that they continue to work to keep the Rafá and Kerem Shalom crossings open for the entry of humanitarian aid and they want more crossings to be opened.
Biden also took the opportunity to highlight Jordan’s “extraordinary work” as the custodian of the holy sites in East Jerusalem. “It is in difficult times like these when the relationship between countries is more important than ever,” Biden emphasized. In particular, he mentioned humanitarian aid deliveries by air.
The Hashemite monarch also mentioned Israel’s offensive in Rafah and warned that “we will not allow Israel to attack Rafah.” “It is clear that this has caused a new humanitarian catastrophe,” he said.
“The situation is unsustainable for more than a million people who have been pushed into Rafah since the start of the war. We cannot stand by and allow this to continue. We need a lasting ceasefire now. This war must end,” pointed out. “Nearly 100,000 people have been killed, wounded or missing, most of them women and children, since the start of the war,” he recalled.
He also emphasized the need to “work urgently and immediately” to guarantee the delivery of sufficient humanitarian aid to Gazans. In that sense, he believes it is “necessary” that the United Nations Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) receives the necessary funding to continue operating, after the cuts made by many countries, including the United States.
Jordan’s king also expressed to Biden his “deep concern” about the possibility of moving Palestinians from Gaza and the occupied West Bank outside their territories, something that, he said, not allowed. “Your leadership, my dear friend, Mr. President, is the key to resolving this conflict. Jordan will work as always with you for peace,” he concluded.
Biden spoke with Netanyahu on Sunday in a 45-minute call in which he assured him that an operation in Rafah should not be undertaken without a “credible and enforceable plan that facilitates the evacuation of civilians.”