Biden Pushes for Six-Week Pause on Fighting in Gaza

Biden Pushes for Six-Week Pause on Fighting in Gaza

President of the United States (US) Joe Biden.

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, WASHINGTON — United States (US) President Joe Biden said the US would push for a six-week pause in fighting in Israel’s war on Gaza. One of the stepping stones for a longer ceasefire.

Biden and Jordanian King Abdullah II held talks on Gaza at the White House. The talks covered a number of daunting challenges including Israel’s ground offensive into southern Gaza and the threat of a humanitarian catastrophe facing Palestinian civilians.

Biden also increasingly criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for not heeding his advice. The US president said Washington was working with allies in the region to reach an agreement on a pause in fighting so that humanitarian aid to Gaza could be increased and Israeli hostages held in Gaza would be released immediately.

“The deal will start with a pause in fighting for at least a week which will give us time to build something more durable,” Biden said, Monday (12/2/2024). In his speech next to Abdullah II, Biden reiterated his insistence on a ceasefire.

“We cannot stand by and let this continue, we need a long-term ceasefire now, the war must end,” he said. The meeting between Biden and Abdullah II was held as the US President became increasingly vocal in asking Israel not to continue with plans to attack the city of Rafah without a plan to protect Palestinian civilians. Biden made a telephone call with Netanyahu on Sunday (11/2/2024).

“Biden emphasized that military operations in Rafah must not proceed without a credible and workable plan to ensure the safety and support of the more than one million people sheltering there,” the White House said of Biden and Netanyahu’s talks.

Before visiting the US capital, Abdullah II participated in sending medical aid to Gaza by air. The move shows Jordan’s role in pressuring Israel to stop limiting efforts to address famine and the spread of disease in Palestinian settlements.

The Biden team is trying to negotiate a pause in fighting to secure the release of hostages held by Hamas since the surprise attack on October 7, 2023. Gaza’s Ministry of Health said Israel’s retaliation for Hamas attacks had killed more than 28,000 Palestinians.

source: reuters


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