Minneapolis – President Biden proposed a temporary halt in humanitarian efforts.
During his campaign speech on Wednesday evening, Mr. Biden was interrupted by a protester who called for a cease-fire. In response, Mr. Biden stated that he believes a pause is necessary.
The call was a subtle departure for Mr. Biden and top White House aides who throughout the Mideast crisis have been steadfast in saying they will not dictate how the Israelis carry out their military operations in response to the Oct. 7 attack by Hamas.
However, the president has been under increasing scrutiny from organizations dedicated to protecting human rights, other leaders around the world, and even progressive members of his own Democratic Party. They argue that Israel’s attack on Gaza is a form of collective retribution and that it is necessary to declare a halt to the violence.
Earlier this month, the individuals who were held hostage by Hamas were released. According to sources, there was a brief pause in hostilities lasting “a few hours” to allow for the transfer.
Mr. Biden’s presence in the city drew more than 1,000 demonstrators near the fundraiser. They carried Palestinian flags and signs that said “Stop Bombing Children,” “Free Palestine” and “Ceasefire now.”
Biden acknowledged the feelings driving the protester, but they were soon silenced and ejected by others present.
Mr. Biden stated that the situation is extremely complex for both Israelis and the Muslim world. He also expressed his support for a two-state solution since the beginning.
He stated that Hamas is unquestionably a terrorist group.
However, Mr. Biden acknowledged that he has been focusing on providing humanitarian assistance. He stated that he successfully convinced both Netanyahu and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi to permit aid to be delivered to Gaza.
Earlier today, White House National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby announced that the newly confirmed ambassador to Israel, Jack Lew, will be sent to the Middle East to assist in supporting the United States’ efforts to facilitate a humanitarian pause and address the deteriorating conditions faced by Palestinian civilians.
The Israeli Ambassador to the U.S., Michael Herzog, stated in an interview with “The Hill” on NewsNation Wednesday that they do not require any urging to provide additional aid to Gaza.
“We are increasing the delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza in regions that are not controlled by Hamas, specifically in the southern part of Gaza. The amount of truckloads being sent will double and continue to increase,” he stated. “We offer water and various other types of supplies.”
The person spoke to NewsNation and expressed satisfaction with the departure of foreigners from Gaza. They stated that there is no need for persuasion in this regard. The Cabinet has recently discussed the matter and has concluded that there are no restrictions as long as they can prevent Hamas from using humanitarian aid for their military efforts. They are confident that this will not occur and are willing to provide aid without limitations.