Biden Speaks on Israel, Gaza, and the Path to Peace on "60 Minutes"

On a recent episode of "60 Minutes", President Joe Biden provided insight into his administration's stance on the ongoing conflict in the Gaza Strip and Israel.

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Biden Speaks on Israel, Gaza, and the Path to Peace on "60 Minutes"
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On a recent episode of "60 Minutes", President Joe Biden provided insight into his administration's stance on the ongoing conflict in the Gaza Strip and Israel. During the interview, he emphasized the importance of striving for a peaceful two-state solution while addressing the complexities of the situation.

Hamas and the Ethics of Warfare

Addressing the militant group Hamas, President Biden was candid about his belief that "Hamas should be completely destroyed". However, he also highlighted the need for Palestinian authorities and underscored the importance of paving a path to a Palestinian state.

Discussing the potential for US involvement in the Middle East, the President voiced his desire to avoid another war, despite recent military deployments. He asserted that while the US will ensure Israel's defense, a direct conflict is not on the horizon. "I do not think it will be necessary for the US to get involved in a new war in the Middle East," Biden stated.

The conversation took a poignant turn when the topic shifted to the casualties of the conflict. Biden made a distinction between Israeli and Palestinian victims. He argued, "Israel is going after a group of people who have engaged in barbarism that is as consequential as the Holocaust...

Hamas is a bunch of cowards. They're hiding behind the civilians." The President further mentioned the challenges Israel faces in targeting Hamas without harming innocent civilians due to the group's tactics of embedding themselves within populated areas.

Humanitarian Concerns and the Role of Outside Actors

Addressing the humanitarian challenges in Gaza, Biden shed light on the dire situation faced by the inhabitants. "Israel has cut off food, fuel, electricity, and most water, and has ordered 1 million Gazans to evacuate to the southern half of Gaza," he remarked.

However, he remained confident in Israel's commitment to the rules of war, ensuring the safety and provision of basic needs for innocent Palestinians. On the topic of Gaza's occupation, Biden stated, "It would be a mistake...

for Israel to occupy... Gaza again." He believes that while extremist factions like Hamas don't represent the entirety of the Palestinian people, they are a genuine threat that needs addressing. Biden’s vision for the region emphasizes a two-state solution, wherein an independent Palestinian state would exist alongside Israel.

This Palestinian state would encompass the Gaza Strip and the banks of the Jordan River, home to approximately five million inhabitants. Concluding the interview, Biden touched on the alleged involvement of Iran in the conflict.

He stated, "There is no evidence that Iran is behind the attacks carried out by Hamas," urging them to remain uninvolved. The President's candid interview offers a glimpse into the challenges and hopes for the region, emphasizing diplomacy, the right to self-defense, and the pursuit of peace.

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