Biden demanded from Israel that civilians in Rafah have their safety guaranteedAFP
Published 02/12/2024 21:25
The president of the United States, Joe Biden, reiterated this Monday, 12th, that Washington argues that Palestinian civilians need to be protected in a possible Israeli operation in the city of Rafah, in the south of the Gaza Strip.
“Many people have been displaced multiple times since the start of the war in northern Gaza,” Biden said. “And now, thousands of Palestinians are in Rafah, exposed and vulnerable. They need to be protected,” said the American president.
Biden also stated that the US is negotiating an agreement for the release of Israeli hostages in Gaza, accompanied by a ceasefire of “at least six weeks” between Israel and the terrorist group Hamas.
“The United States is working on a hostage agreement between Israel and Hamas that would bring an immediate and sustained period of calm in Gaza for at least six weeks,” Biden said.
The war in the Gaza Strip began on October 7 after Hamas terrorists invaded Israeli territory, killing 1,200 people, in the largest terrorist attack in Israel’s history and the largest against Jews since the Holocaust. After the attack, Israeli troops began an offensive against the Gaza Strip, with aerial bombardment and a ground invasion. According to data from the Gaza Ministry of Health, which is controlled by Hamas, more than 28,000 Palestinian civilians have died since the start of the war.
King Abdullah II of Jordan, who met with Biden in Washington this Monday, called for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and stated that an Israeli military offensive in Rafah would cause a “humanitarian catastrophe”. The city of Rafah received thousands of Palestinians who were displaced from the north of the central Gaza Strip.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) carried out a military operation in Rafah on Sunday, 11, which resulted in the rescue of two Israeli hostages. The rescue also included several aerial bombardments in the city, which killed at least 67 people, according to the Gaza Health Ministry, which is controlled by Hamas.
The meeting between Biden and the king of Jordan was the first between the two since three American soldiers died in an attack by a pro-Iran militia on an American base in Jordan.
According to US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby, the two leaders discussed efforts to end the war between Israel and the terrorist group Hamas, humanitarian assistance sent to the Palestinian enclave and the feasibility of creating a Palestinian state with security guarantee for Israel.
The White House faces growing criticism from the Arab American community over the administration’s continued support for Israel over the rising number of Palestinian civilian casualties in Gaza
The Biden administration is involved in a possible truce agreement between Israel and the terrorist group Hamas. The director of the CIA, William Burns, is expected to travel to Cairo on Tuesday, 13th, to continue talks with representatives from Egypt and Qatar, two countries that have acted as intermediaries in the dialogue with Hamas.
Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu criticized Hamas’ proposal to end the war and stated that the objective of Israeli troops remains the end of the terrorist organization.
Biden and Netanyahu have disagreed in recent weeks over the next steps regarding the war. The US wants more commitment from the Israeli prime minister to the creation of a Palestinian state. Last week, the American president called the Israeli military response in Gaza “exaggerated.”