Biden Lowers Ceasefire Hopes Amid Hamas Resistance, Seeks Support

President Biden downplays expectations for a ceasefire deal between Israel and Hamas. He expressed frustration with Hamas for refusing to sign onto his peace proposal, despite similarities between their proposal and his own. Biden has emphasized that his approach has the endorsement of Israel and the U.N. Security Council. He remains hopeful for a ceasefire but has not expressed confidence in reaching an agreement soon. 


National security adviser Jake Sullivan highlighted that Hamas’s counterproposals are not consistent with what Biden and the Security Council have endorsed. The administration is looking to bridge the remaining gaps and work towards a rapid conclusion with the help of Qatar and Egypt. Biden has made it clear that the focus should remain on Hamas, urging the organization to accept the ceasefire on the table and avoid pushing for a stalemate.

Biden’s proposed roadmap includes a three-phase plan, beginning with a six-week ceasefire and the withdrawal of Israeli forces from populated areas of Gaza, followed by the release of hostages in exchange for Palestinian prisoners. The subsequent phases involve the release of all remaining hostages and a major reconstruction plan for Gaza.

Overall, Biden is committed to continuing to push for a ceasefire and remains hopeful for a resolution, despite the challenges posed by Hamas’s response.

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