Amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian militant group strongly rejected US President Joe Biden's recent statement about the potential formation of a Palestinian state. The rejection came on the 106th day of the war, as tensions continued to escalate in the Gaza Strip.
Izzat al-Rishig, a member of the Hamas political bureau, dismissed Biden's remarks as an "illusion" that fails to fool the Palestinian people. Al-Rishig stated, "The illusion that Biden is preaching about a Palestinian state is not deceiving our people.
" There is deep-rooted skepticism within Hamas regarding the US president's position on the creation of a Palestinian state, even though US officials have always supported this solution. White House spokesman John Kirby asserted the previous day that Biden "still believes in the prospect and possibility of a Palestinian state.
" However, Kirby acknowledged that achieving this goal would require significant effort. Despite these assurances, a Hamas official criticized Biden, labeling him a "full partner in a genocidal war. " The official expressed the opinion that the Palestinian people do not expect anything positive to come from the engagement of the American president.
Furthermore, the Hamas representative lashed out at those who claim to be the official spokesmen of the Palestinian people, accusing them of wanting to dictate the type of country that suits the Palestinians. This tells us that there are internal divisions and disputes among different factions that claim to represent the interests of the Palestinian population.
The United States, a key ally of Israel, has consistently called for a reduction in civilian casualties and reiterated its support for the establishment of a Palestinian state. However, these efforts have met with resistance from the Israeli government, led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The conflict between Israel and Hamas triggered an attack launched by the Islamic Palestinian Movement on Israeli territory on October 7. In response, Israel vowed to destroy Hamas, launching a series of air and ground attacks on Gaza.
The number of victims of the conflict is devastating, according to official Israeli data, around 1,140 people were killed, and 250 people were kidnapped and taken to Gaza. Hamas' health ministry reports a grim toll of 24,927 deaths in Gaza since the start of the war.
The rejection of Biden's statement further complicates diplomatic efforts to find a solution to the long-standing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.