U.S. President Joe Biden said Thursday that the United States welcomes stop the fire agreement between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip and stressed that the US will continue to support Israel militarily.
“The United States fully supports Israel’s right to defend itself against indiscriminate rocket attacks by Hamas and other Gaza-based terrorist groups that have taken the lives of innocent civilians,” Biden said in statements to the House. White from Washington.
“These hostilities have resulted in the tragic deaths of so many civilians, including children, and I send my sincere condolences to all the families, Israeli and Palestinian, who have lost their loved ones,” Biden said.
Today, in a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Biden said he “praised” the Israelis for ending the conflict immediately after 11 days and “assured” Netanyahu that he would continue U.S. military support.
Biden said he had spoken to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas as part of an “intense diplomatic engagement” and thanked Egyptians for their role. in the intermediation of the agreement
Biden said the U.S. would work with the United Nations and other international organizations to “provide prompt humanitarian assistance” to the people of Gaza.
“We will do so in full partnership with the Palestinian Authority, not with Hamas … in a way that does not allow Hamas to simply replenish its military arsenal,” Biden said.
“I believe that Palestinians and Israelis also deserve to live in security and enjoy equal measures of freedom, prosperity and democracy,” Biden said, promising to continue pursuing “calm and relentless diplomacy to that end.”
Israel and Hamas agreed a ceasefire proposal from Egypt which will take effect on Friday in early Gaza, although the sounds of explosions can still be heard in Gaza.
Prime Minister Netanyahu’s office announced that its security cabinet had unanimously voted for a “mutual and unconditional” truce.
Earlier, a Hamas official said the ceasefire would be “mutual and simultaneous,” the Reuters news service reported.
“Palestinian resistance will follow this agreement as long as the Occupation (Israel) does the same,” Taher al-Nono, media adviser to Hamas chief Ismail Haniya, said in a statement.
Egypt had ordered two security delegations in Israel and the Palestinian territories to work to maintain the ceasefire, Egyptian state television reports Reuters.
The reaction among U.S. analysts to the announcement of a ceasefire was a cautious relief and recognition that the underlying causes of hostilities remain.
Aaron David Miller, a senior member of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, tweeted that the ceasefire would be “vulnerable to any number of challenges.”
The ceasefire is broken and what the Israeli cabinet agreed can be vulnerable to any challenge. The Middle East has two trading speeds: slower and slower. Very high hopes.
– Aaron David Miller (@ aarondmiller2) May 20, 2021
Shibley Telhami, a professor at the University of Maryland, called the deal a “fig leaf” the two sides needed and predicted that while “guns will shut up … the silent violence of the occupation will continue.”
3 thoughts on ceasefire:
1. Both parties wanted it, just the fig leaf was needed
2. Biden’s dilemma: if he asserted his call yesterday, why didn’t he act before a great death and ruin?
3. Weapons will be silenced, but the silent violence of the occupation will not end.https://t.co/kolob9KNxQ
– Shibley Telhami (@ShibleyTelhami) May 20, 2021
Biden had urged Netanyahu to climb down tensions over the Gaza conflict “on the way” to ceasefire in a May 19 phone call. The two leaders spoke six times in the eleven days of fighting between Israel and Hamas.
“The president conveyed to the prime minister that he expected a major de-escalation today on the way to the ceasefire,” White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters.
Biden and administration officials have encouraged Netanyahu and other senior Israeli officials to end the bombing of Gaza, the Associated Press reported.
Biden faces competing national pressures both in the United States to support Israel and to hold the U.S. ally accountable for the use of U.S.-made weapons and Palestinian human rights abuses.
Democrats in Congress led by Progressive Legislative Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Bernie Sanders measures to block a $ 735 million arms sale to Israel.
Biden had taken a “sharper” tone with Netanyahu during Monday’s call, and the U.S. president told the Israeli prime minister that criticism of the attacks on Gaza could only be avoided for a limited time, The New York reported Times.
A White House reading of a Biden call to Netanyahu on Monday said Biden had expressed support for the ceasefire, but reaffirmed Israel’s right to defend itself and said nothing about the US urging Israel to close fighting.