Thu 20 Jun 2024 6:16 pm - Jerusalem Time

"Politico" reveals the Biden administration's loss in finding a way to stop the Gaza war

Politico newspaper reported, citing American officials, that President Joe Biden's administration no longer sees a clear path to ending the conflict in the Gaza Strip, with ceasefire negotiations between Israel and Hamas faltering.

“Representatives of the administration of US President Joe Biden have growing doubts about the ability of Israel and Hamas to reach a comprehensive ceasefire agreement within the current framework,” the newspaper said, citing four American officials familiar with the progress of the negotiations.

One official indicated that difficulties in reaching a settlement would continue "at least until the end of 2024."

US officials believe that even if Hamas and Israel reach an initial short-term ceasefire agreement, there is a high probability that it will be violated.

A spokesman for one of the largest relief organizations operating in the Gaza Strip confirmed to the newspaper that “the American administration is trying hard to push Israel and Hamas to agree to an agreement... but it seems that everything is on hold at the present time.”

On June 10, the UN Security Council adopted a draft American resolution supporting the ceasefire plan in Gaza, at a time when Washington is leading an intense diplomatic campaign to push Hamas to accept the proposal, which includes three stages.

The text of the resolution welcomes the truce proposal announced by US President Joe Biden on May 31, in which he called on Israel and Hamas “to fully implement its conditions without delay and without conditions.”

For its part, Hamas announced that it welcomed the Security Council's decision, stressing that it was ready to participate with the mediators in indirect negotiations to implement the measures approved by the Council.

Meanwhile, Israel's representative to the United Nations, Riot Shapir Ben-Naftali, said that her country will continue its operation in Gaza, and will not participate in "meaningless" negotiations with the Hamas movement.

The Hebrew newspaper "Yedioth Ahronoth" quoted an unnamed senior Israeli official that "the resolution issued by the UN Security Council limits Israel's freedom of action," and according to him, "the United States accepted a very problematic formulation so that the Russians would not use their veto power, and in fact support Algeria." A suggestion tells the whole story."

In the same context, Russia's permanent representative to the United Nations, Vasily Nebenzia, confirmed that the American decision regarding Gaza is ambiguous and relies on agreements managed by mediators who are not clear about what they are negotiating and what Israel has agreed to.

It is worth noting that the United States used its veto power on more than one occasion against resolutions that called for an immediate and permanent ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.

Source: Sama News


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"Politico" reveals the Biden administration's loss in finding a way to stop the Gaza war