Joe Biden: Israel is ready to stop the attack during Ramadan, with certain conditions

Negotiators from the US, Egypt and Qatar are working on a deal that would see Hamas release some of the dozens of hostages it is holding in Gaza in exchange for Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails and a six-week truce

by Sededin Dedovic
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Joe Biden: Israel is ready to stop the attack during Ramadan, with certain conditions
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President Joseph Biden's recent remarks regarding the conflict in Gaza have sparked a flurry of diplomatic activity and raised hopes of a potential breakthrough in the ongoing violence. The proposal for a ceasefire during the holy month of Ramadan signifies the urgency of finding a peaceful solution to the long-standing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

US President Joseph Biden stressed that Israel would be open to truce negotiations in Gaza during the upcoming Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, provided an agreement is reached on the release of hostages held by Hamas extremists.

As negotiations between the United States, Egypt, Qatar and other stakeholders intensify, the complexity of the situation is becoming increasingly apparent. The delicate balance between security concerns, humanitarian considerations and political dynamics requires careful navigation and compromise by all parties involved.

However, a compromise cannot be reached in any way, and without that there is no current truce, and especially not a long-term one. Israel is demanding the release of the hostages in order to stop attacks on 1.5 million civilians in the small town on the border with Egypt, Rafah.

However, Hamas officials fear that Netanyahu will not fulfill his promise and will find a reason to continue the attacks during this holy month for Muslims. Regardless of whether they agree on a truce, Israel's potential attacks on Rafah during Ramadan will cause enormous anger among the already increasingly aggressive Muslim countries towards Israel.

We remind you that there are almost 2 billion Muslims according to estimates from 2023, and of these, several very rich countries capable of harming Israel greatly.

Israeli soldier mocks Islam in war-free West Bank mosque two months ago, location confirmed by Reuters© Hindustan Times / Youtube channel

The release of hostages held by Hamas and the release of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli custody are key aspects of the proposed ceasefire agreement.

Such goodwill gestures could serve as confidence-building measures and pave the way for broader reconciliation efforts between the two adversaries. But we could already see from the statements of Hamas that there is no trust, even though Israel has respected the past several days of cease-fire.

Apparently, the road to peace is still full of challenges. The unwillingness of some sides to fully commit to a ceasefire, coupled with the constant threat of violence from extremist elements on both sides, threatens to undermine progress and prolong the cycle of bloodshed and suffering.

And the biggest price for the powerful and their policies is paid by the Palestinian civilians. The camera recorded some of the most horrific scenes that humanity could witness. Moreover, the specter of a potential Israeli ground offensive in Rafah looms large.

Although such a move can be considered necessary from a strategic point of view, it carries significant risks in terms of civilian casualties and further worsening of tensions in the region. However, Netanyahu clearly said that there will be a ground offensive on the Rafah as soon as the preconditions for it are created.

Despite US President Joe Biden's call not to do so, Netanyahu rejects such proposals. He claims that the entry of the Israeli army into a small town with a million and a half refugees, mostly women and children, is necessary to destroy the remaining terrorists.

Palestinian children march during a protest demanding an end to the war and their right to live, education and play on February © Ahmad Hasaballah / Getty Images

In the context of uncertainty and anxiety, the upcoming month of Ramadan takes on additional significance as a potential window of opportunity for de-escalation and dialogue.

The spiritual significance of Ramadan, with its emphasis on compassion, forgiveness and reconciliation, offers a fitting backdrop for renewed efforts towards peace. Unfortunately, history teaches us that this will be impossible to achieve, because Israel has raided mosques during Ramadan and during the ceasefire in the past years.

They tied the hands of the believers behind their backs with wire and forced them to lie on their stomachs, supposedly looking for terrorists. President Biden's optimism about the possibility of a cease-fire reflects a genuine desire to alleviate the suffering of innocent civilians caught in the crossfire and to prevent further loss of life.

Hamas of course believes that the president makes such statements only for the public, while behind the curtain he allegedly supports Netanyahu. Nevertheless, Hamas is certainly aware that the active involvement of the Biden administration in diplomatic initiatives is key.

However, words alone are not enough to achieve lasting peace. Concrete actions, backed by a genuine commitment to dialogue and compromise, are key to translating rhetoric into tangible progress on the ground. Leaders and officials of various countries have made many peaceful statements, but there is no concrete action to convince Netanyahu and Hamas that this war must stop.

As the international community rallies behind efforts to achieve a ceasefire and pave the way for a negotiated settlement, it is critical to address the underlying grievances and root causes of the conflict. Economic deprivation, political disenfranchisement and the absence of a sustainable path to statehood for the Palestinian people must be addressed in any comprehensive peace agreement.

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