Biden Says Israel Has Offered Comprehensive Proposal for Ceasefire

West Asia Edited by Updated: Jun 01, 2024, 2:49 am
Biden Says Israel Has Offered Comprehensive Proposal for Ceasefire

Biden Says Israel Has Offered Comprehensive Proposal for Ceasefire

President Joe Biden provided an update today on his efforts to end the ongoing crisis in Gaza, emphasizing the progress towards a durable solution to the conflict. The war, which began on October 7, 2023, has led to the extensive destruction of Gaza and has drawn heavy criticism, particularly following recent Israeli attacks on Rafah.

Biden announced that after intensive diplomacy and numerous conversations with leaders from Israel, Qatar, Egypt, and other Middle Eastern countries, Israel has put forth a comprehensive new proposal for a ceasefire. This proposal aims to achieve a lasting end to hostilities, ensure Israel”s security, and pave the way for a political settlement that benefits both Israelis and Palestinians.

The proposal, transmitted by Qatar to Hamas, is structured in three phases:

Phase One:

Lasting six weeks, it includes a complete ceasefire, withdrawal of Israeli forces from populated areas of Gaza, and the release of hostages, including women, the elderly, and the wounded, in exchange for the release of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners. American hostages would also be released during this phase. Humanitarian aid would surge, with 600 trucks carrying supplies into Gaza daily.

Phase Two:

Focused on negotiating a permanent end to hostilities, with continued ceasefire while negotiations are ongoing. The United States, Egypt, and Qatar would work to ensure the continuation of negotiations until all agreements are reached.

Phase Three:

Commencement of a major reconstruction plan for Gaza, with the return of any final remains of hostages who have been killed to their families.

Biden emphasized the importance of this proposal for both the security of Israel and the future of the Palestinian people, urging all parties to seize this moment for peace. He also addressed the skepticism within Israel regarding the plan and called for support despite pressures to continue the conflict indefinitely.

The President reiterated the United States” commitment to supporting Israel”s right to self-defense and to ensuring that the conditions of the ceasefire and reconstruction are upheld. He concluded by calling on the global community to demand Hamas come to the table and agree to the deal, aiming to bring an end to the war and suffering in the region.