Biden: Continuation of the war "serves Hamas' interests"

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WASHINGTON – U.S. President Joe Biden said that the continuation of the war in Gaza could lead to achieving the goals of the Hamas movement, at a time when his administration is working to reach a longer ceasefire for the ongoing war since October 7.اضافة اعلان

According to Amad media, Biden said that the continuation of the war in Gaza is precisely what Hamas wants, which is not to see Palestinians and Israelis living side by side in peace.

Biden clarified in a tweet on X (formerly Twitter) that "continuing on the path of terrorism, violence, killing, and war is tantamount to giving Hamas what it seeks," adding, "We cannot do that."

Earlier, the White House said that "Washington is working on the possibility of extending the current ceasefire."

This new statement comes to shed light on a change in the U.S. stance, which has strongly stood by Israel since last month, refusing to establish a permanent ceasefire in the besieged Palestinian territory, considering that it might give Hamas an opportunity to catch its breath.

On the other hand, John Kirby, the spokesperson for the U.S. National Intelligence Council, said tonight: "We do not support military operations in the southern Gaza Strip until the Israelis clarify that they will not cause the displacement of civilians there."

He added, "Israel needs to plan its military forces. A military operation in southern Gaza should take into account the innocent civilians there, including those who have been displaced from the north and moved there."

Blinken said on Wednesday that protecting "Israel as a democratic state is contingent on the existence of a Palestinian state"

Blinken clarified after a meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Brussels, "We will focus over the next two days on doing everything we can to extend the ceasefire so that we can continue to release more hostages and provide more humanitarian aid."

He emphasized that "we believe that the only path to peace and maintaining Israel as a democratic and strong state is allowing the Palestinians to have a state," noting that he will discuss in Israel "working to prevent a recurrence of the incidents of October 7 and the necessity of protecting civilians."

Blinken pointed out that "everyone is focusing on what is happening in Gaza now, but we also need to focus at the same time on what I call the 'day after.' I mean what happens in Gaza once the military campaign by the Israeli army ends."

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