Diplomatic push from US to Hamas via Arab and Muslim nations

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Diplomatic push from US to Hamas via Arab and Muslim nations

The Biden administration is using its all power to get Hamas and Israel to accept the new ceasefire term in their ongoing war. The war has lasted for almost the last eight months. They are also seeking help from Arab countries. These countries should convince Hamas to agree to a new ceasefire. 

President Joe Biden revealed the truth during an interview with Time magazine. According to him, the Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants to stay in power and might not agree to end the war.  However, after a recent speech at the White House, Biden seemed to tone down his criticism when he spoke to reporters.

When the question arises that Netanyahu may have used war tactics for political gain then Joe Biden replied, I don’t think so. The Israeli president is dealing with serious issues.  

Netanyahu is dealing with a far-right coalition that might leave his government if he agrees to a new cease-fire. Biden made an announcement for this proposal on Israel’s plan on Friday. After that Biden and his team members compel both Israel and Hamas to accept the deal. And also have been in talks with Arab and Muslim countries. 

In order to support the Middle East deal, the Biden administration is doing everything. Many calls have been made by President Biden, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and national security adviser Jake Sullivan. Furthermore, Brett McGurk, the White House coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa has plans to go to the region. They aim to go there this week and ask the majority who need help. The plan is to free the Israeli hostage and also gradually pull Israeli troops out of Gaza.

Since Friday, Antony Blinken has been busy talking to the foreign ministers of Turkey, Egypt, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Morocco, and Algeria. This information comes from the State Department. Over the weekend, Blinken also had conversations with Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant and Benny Gantz, who is another key member of Netanyahu’s war cabinet.

On Monday, President Biden spoke with the emir of Qatar. Qatar and Egypt have been important players in trying to negotiate a ceasefire and convince Hamas to agree to it.

One of the important official members from the Biden administration highlighted on Tuesday that McGurk will be heading back to the area this week. For the sake of discussions he has been traveling back and forth between Washington and Middle Eastern cities The official asked to remain anonymous since the travel plans for McGurk have not yet been made public.

 Furthermore, US officials also highlighted that Hamas has not provided any response to the proposal related to the ceasefire. He also points out that they have denied the claims that the Israeli President is not fully supportive. They have emphasized that the Israelis agreed to send the proposal to Hamas last week.

The president of Israel along with all other official members are under serious pressure. They don’t want Netanyahu to accept the Biden proposal. Furthermore, National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir and Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich, have threatened to abandon the coalition if Netanyahu agrees to Biden’s proposal. This single move will be the reason for the entire coalition to fall apart.

According to Netanyahu, Joe Biden’s proposal has many gaps. He insisted that Israel will only accept the proposal once Hamas Hamas military and governing power are completely destroyed. Also once all hostages are freed and Gaza is no longer hazardous toI Israel.

According to the report, many critics in Israel claimed that Netanyahu wanted to prolong the war just for gaining political fame. This face was revealed before Biden made an announcement about a ceasefire. 

Initially, Biden declined to comment but later acknowledged that “there is every reason for people to draw that conclusion.”

White House national security spokesman John Kirby told reporters on Tuesday that the president’s comments in Time were in response to what many critics have been saying. However, Kirby emphasized that Biden and Prime Minister Netanyahu do not agree on everything.

Kirby also stated that the U.S. will continue working with Israel to combat Hamas and ensure approval of the cease-fire plan.

Research Staff

Research Staff

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