Biden Said Israel Must “Eliminate Hamas”

There wasn’t really much talk about the Israel conflict during the debate.

Something people might have missed while trying to follow what Biden was saying is that he said Israel must “eliminate” Hamas.


Israel has managed to weaken Hamas and should “eliminate” the Palestinian militant group entirely, US President Joe Biden has said.

Biden made the argument during Thursday’s debate with his challenger, former President Donald Trump, hosted by CNN.

“Hamas cannot be allowed to be continued. We continue to send our experts and our intelligence people to how they can get Hamas like we did Bin Laden,” Biden said. “And by the way, they’ve been greatly weakened, Hamas, greatly weakened, and they should be. They should be eliminated.”

Biden claimed that the only thing his government denied Israel, in terms of weapons, were the two-ton bombs that “don’t work very well in populated areas” and “kill a lot of innocent people.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has argued otherwise.

Trump took aim at Biden’s narrative that “the only one who wants the war to continue is Hamas,” while Israel has agreed to the ceasefire proposal advanced by Washington.

“He said the only one who wants to keep going is Hamas. Actually, Israel is the one, and you should [let] them go and let them finish the job,” Trump said. “He doesn’t want to do it. He has become like a Palestinian. But, they don’t like him because he is a very bad Palestinian. He is a weak one.

It was established by me and several others at the outset of the Israeli invasion of Gaza that the only way to “eliminate” Hamas is to “eliminate” the entire population of Gaza. At this point, no one serious actually denies that, which is why everyone is calling for Israel to come to some kind of deal with Hamas.

Biden has previously stated that he wants a permanent ceasefire which would de facto allow Hamas to remain in power in Gaza. This “eliminate” language is the diametric opposite of any form of permanent ceasefire.

It’s interesting he said that. It could have just been his dementia and not a purposeful talking point. This was a talking point back many months ago when Israel first invaded, but he totally switched to calling for a ceasefire (at least publicly).

For the record, Trump’s “finish the job” comment also means killing everyone in Gaza, or forcing them into Egypt. (It’s kinda funny that he called Biden “a very bad Palestinian.”)

There was never any way to “eliminate” Hamas while people still lived in Gaza. I said that when it started, and Bibi Netanyahu obviously knew that.