Gaza and Joe Biden

According to the White House, Joe Biden is pressuring leaders on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to reach an agreement with a new three-phase ceasefire plan. An aide for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the country had accepted a framework agreement for winding down its ongoing genocide in Gaza.

The plan arrives eight months after the October 7 Hamas attacks that left an estimated 1,200 dead in Israel. Since then, over 36,000 Palestinians have been killed in the ongoing war, while an estimated 84 people are still being held hostage in Gaza.

The plan calls for a ceasefire, the release of both Israeli hostages and Palestinian prisoners as well as the reconstruction of Gaza, which has seen 75% of its population displaced because of the war.

The first phase calls for an immediate full and complete ceasefire lasting for six weeks. It will also demand the withdrawal of Israeli forces from all populated areas of Gaza as well as the release of hostages in exchange for the release of Palestinian prisoners held in Israel. During this time, humanitarian assistance would surge with 600 trucks carrying aid into Gaza every single day.

The second phase calls for the Israeli military to fully withdraw from Gaza in exchange for the release of all remaining living hostages. If Hamas abides by everything outlined in the plan, Israel said it may agree to the cessation of hostilities permanently, meaning that all warfare and violence will be stopped indefinitely.

The final phase of the plan is for Gaza to undergo a major reconstruction to rebuild its cities, including homes, schools and hospitals that were destroyed by warfare. Arab nations and the international community would also participate in a manner that does not allow Hamas to rearm.

But Netanyahu stressed that Israel would not agree to a ceasefire unless Hamas’s military and governing capabilities are destroyed, all hostages are freed, and Gaza no longer poses a threat to Israel.

Hamas said that it viewed Biden’s plan positively and that its willingness to move forward with it is solely based on a permanent ceasefire and the complete withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza.

However, there are a few problems with the proposal. The first one is that Hamas will survive as a terror organization when it should be dismantled and destroyed. Biden is trying to satisfy the unhappy Arab American voters and is desperate to see an end to the conflict, but he is not addressing the underlying problem, which is the continued Israeli oppression of the Palestinian people. As long as the Israeli state is based on an apartheid constitution where the Palestinians have no rights and there is no attempt to establish a permanent independent Palestinian state, a free Palestine, then there is only limited progress.

One other problem with Biden is his continued efforts to appease Iran and build closer and friendlier ties with Iran. As Iran is the prime backer of terrorism in the Middle East, including Hamas, Biden’s efforts are mysterious and increase tensions in the region. His support of Israel will not change as the countries are closely aligned regardless of who is in power in respective country. His concern for the Palestinians seems fake and rather an expression of concern of losing votes in the U.S. A weak leader with limited ideas, but the Gaza conflict is heading towards an end regardless as Israel has killed enough people and international and domestic pressure has grown steadily as a result of the genocide of the Palestinian people, including thousands of children. Wars tend to come to an end, but the question remains: What is being done to resolve the Palestinian question?

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