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Joe Biden on February 12, 2024, with King Abdullah II of Jordan in the background.
INTERNATIONAL – Despite the failure of a truce project a few days ago, all would not be lost. During a speech at the White House accompanied by King Abdullah II of Jordan, American President Joe Biden assured this Monday, February 12 that new discussions for a truce between Israel and Hamas were underway.
“The United States is working on a hostage release agreement between Israel and Hamas, which would immediately bring a period of calm of at least six weeks to Gaza”which can lead to “something more sustainable”said the 81-year-old Democrat.
“The key elements are on the table”he added according to the agency Associated press, “even if there are still points to be resolved”. In any case, Joe Biden assures that he will “whatever is possible” for an agreement to be reached. A member of the administration told the media outlet that pressure from the Israeli army on Khan Younes had pushed Hamas to consider agreeing to a truce.
King Abdullah II, for his part, called for a “sustainable ceasefire immediately”. The American president still rejects this idea of an unconditional and indefinite cessation of hostilities.
Still fears about the situation in Rafah
The director of the CIA, the American central intelligence agency, Richard Burns, is expected in Cairo this Tuesday for new talks mediated by Qatar, according to sources close to the matter.
The two leaders also each discussed the situation in Rafah, a town in the south of the Gaza Strip which is Israel’s next stated military objective, in slightly different terms.
“We cannot afford an Israeli attack on Rafah”said Abdallah II, adding that “the situation was already unbearable for more than a million people who have been pushed towards (this border town with Egypt) since the war began”.
Joe Biden did not ask Israel to purely and simply renounce any attack, but insisted that it “had to protect civilians”. Washington, Israel’s first ally, is increasingly showing its annoyance with Benjamin Netanyahu’s government, particularly with regard to Rafah. In private, Joe Biden would have even called him “asshole”literally “asshole” or “asshole.”
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