AJoe Biden reiterated the need for a cease-fire in Israel’s military offensive in the Gaza Strip in order to “build something more sustainable.” The American president defended a humanitarian stop in front of King Abdullah II of Jordan, a guest of the White House in Washington.
Biden showed his readiness, according to the proposed proposal by Egypt and Qatar, for both 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 US press.
The Democratic president urged the Israeli government to “continue working to reach an agreement,” despite the response of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, which he described as Hamas’s 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 meet the Palestinian aspirations for their own state. I say this as a person who has supported Israel throughout its life. This is the only way that guarantees Israel’s long-term security, 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 and 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.
Abdullah II, for his part, showed his rejection of the massacre of civilians, including on October 7, an attack that “is unacceptable to any Muslim,” and stressed the importance of not repeating it. few months,” facts that “no man should accept.”.
Israeli attack on Rafah
About the announced Israeli attack on the Rafah region, where some 1.3 million Palestinians displaced by the fighting have taken refuge, Biden insisted that a “credible plan that guarantees security and support” for civilians is needed.
“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 passes open to humanitarian aid, and they want to open more doors.
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,” he 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.