Biden: Occupation of Gaza would be a mistake
US President Joseph Biden said that Israel’s occupation of the Gaza Strip would be a mistake, but stressed that Hamas must be destroyed.
🇵🇸 “There needs to be a path to a Palestinian state,” Biden said. pic.twitter.com/E8yvIS697b
— Sprinter (@Sprinter99800) October 16, 2023
How can you “destroy Hamas” without killing everyone in Gaza?
No one has explained this to me. I don’t understand.
US President Joe Biden said he does not support any long-term Israeli occupation of Gaza, but believes that the Israel Defense Forces “going in” and “taking out the extremists” would be a “necessary requirement” to guarantee the security of the Jewish state.
The US leader vowed to provide Israel with “everything they need” to eliminate Hamas militants in Gaza, but does not expect American troops to take part in any combat operations.
“I don’t think that’s necessary. Israel has one of the finest fighting forces in the country. I guarantee we’re gonna provide them everything they need,” Biden said in an interview with CBS 60 Minutes on Sunday.
In which country?
The Israel Defense Forces said over the weekend that it is completing preparations for a “significant ground operation,” which will include a “joint and coordinated attack from the air, sea and land” in Gaza. The US commander-in-chief expressed hope that “the Israelis are gonna do everything in their power to avoid the killing of innocent civilians.”
However, Biden insisted that there is a “fundamental difference” between the Israeli civilians killed by Hamas militants and the Palestinians dying in retaliatory airstrikes.
There’s not a difference to the dead people.
They’re just as dead either way.
“Israel is going after a group of people who have engaged in barbarism that is as consequential as the Holocaust. And so I think Israel has to respond. They have to go after Hamas,” the US leader said, expressing hope that “the Israelis are gonna do everything in their power to avoid the killing of innocent civilians.”
Israel occupied Gaza during the Six-Day War with Egypt, Jordan and Syria in 1967, and held it for nearly 40 years until 2005, when it withdrew its troops and settlers, but retained full control of its borders. In 2006, Hamas won the Palestinian legislative elections and assumed administrative control of the enclave. Since then, the group has engaged in several violent confrontations with Israel, triggering harsh pushbacks, but none comparable to the latest brutality.
When asked whether he would support another “Israeli occupation of Gaza at this point,” Biden said he believes it would be “a big mistake.”
I don’t really know what the effective difference between an occupation and a blockade is. Gaza is already a prison. If anything, it’s just safer for the Jews to stay on the outside, rather than to try to police it.
— Globe Eye News (@GlobeEyeNews) October 16, 2023
Biden has had these issues with Bibi, but that doesn’t seem to mean much. He’s going to support the Jews in doing whatever it is they’re going to do. Maybe he’ll complain about it, but that doesn’t really change anything.