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Biden’s Stance Shift: Turning Against Israel

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Here is what’s going on: Last week, President Joe Biden promised to alter US policy toward Israel drastically and demanded an “immediate ceasefire” in Gaza. This occurred following months of pressure on Israel to strengthen humanitarian measures in Gaza and stop military actions in Rafah, which is the final stronghold of Hamas.

  • Why is it important?: This marks a critical turning point in the U.S.-Israel relationship as well as the Israel-Hamas War.
  • The real modification: Biden no longer openly asserts that Hamas ought to be overthrown. In addition, he has now severed the cease-fire agreement from the liberation of Israeli hostages, and his party is pressuring him to stop supplying any weapons.

Negotiations: Israel swiftly reacted to Biden’s remarks. With the authority to negotiate an agreement with Hamas for the release of hostages, they dispatched a delegation to Cairo. Both sides are receiving a proposal from the United States, but Hamas asserts that “no progress” has been made as of Monday.

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  • The problem: Because Hamas no longer sees Israel as an existential danger, Biden’s pressure on Israel has given them leverage in negotiations to make maximalist demands.
  • Additionally, Biden said that even if Israel has consented to several ceasefires in recent months, and Hamas has agreed to none, it is Israel’s responsibility to settle.
  • Option 2: If Hamas is not amenable to a settlement, Biden’s demands would necessitate an Israeli unilateral ceasefire, which would essentially mean conceding defeat and leaving the captives in captivity.

Withdrawal: All but one brigade of the Israel Defense Forces have left Gaza. This may mean that the fierce combat is coming to an end and that Hamas will now only be targeted by sporadic raids.

However, according to the IDF, it is just giving its forces time to recuperate before launching an attack in Rafah.

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