Biden Says Israel to Make Big Mistake If Occupies Gaza
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - According to the American leader, the US policy for several decades has been in favor of "the two-state solution" for the Middle East situation. This involves creating an independent nation, adjacent to Israel, for the 5 million Palestinians living on the Gaza Strip and West Bank of the Jordan River.
US President Joe Biden said in an interview with an American media outlet that it would be a big mistake for Israel to occupy Gaza as a result of the upcoming military operation
following the Hamas attack on the country.
"I think it'd be a big mistake. Look, what happened in Gaza, in my view, Hamas and the extreme elements of Hamas don't represent all the Palestinian people. And I think that ... It would be a mistake ... for Israel to occupy ... Gaza again," Biden said.
Biden said that his administration wants to see humanitarian assistance supplied to the Gaza Strip. "Yes," Biden said when asked if he would like to see humanitarian aid brought into Gaza. He also said "yes" when asked whether he wants to see a humanitarian corridor that would allow about 2 million Gazans to leave the area ahead of the Israeli ground operation.
The president went on to say that he is discussing the creation of a humanitarian corridor for 2 million Gazans with both Israel and Egypt, adding that these talks "are hard."
"We're also talking to Egyptians whether there is an outlet to get these children and women out of that area at this moment. But it's hard," Biden said.
Asked whether there should be a ceasefire in the conflict
between Israel and Hamas, Biden said that Israel has to go after Hamas and called them a "bunch of cowards."
"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. Hamas is a bunch of cowards. They're hiding behind the civilians," Biden noted.
Biden also highlighted that the threat of terrorism in the United States has risen amid the escalation of violence in the Middle East. In this regard, he stated that Palestinian Hamas movement must be eliminated in its entirety.
According to the US president, there is no evidence so far that Iran played any role or had any prior knowledge about the Hamas attack on Israel earlier this month.
"Iran constantly supports Hamas and Hezbollah," Biden said. "But in terms of did they have foreknowledge, did they help plan the attack there's no evidence of that at this point."
On Sunday, US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan
said that the United States administration does not rule out that Iran at some stage may directly intervene in the conflict between Palestine and Israel.
Earlier, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin revealed that the US was sending
the USS Eisenhower carrier strike group to the eastern Mediterranean "to deter hostile actions against Israel or any efforts toward widening this war following Hamas's attack."
On October 7, Israel experienced an unprecedented rocket attack from the Gaza Strip under the operation Al-Aqsa Flood announced by Hamas. Additionally, the organization's fighters infiltrated the border areas in southern Israel.
The Israel Defense Forces responded by launching operation Iron Swords against Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Israel also declared a complete blockade of the region, suspending the supply of water, food, electricity, medicine, and fuel.
The decades-long Palestinian-Israeli conflict, shaped by territorial interests, has resulted in recurrent tension and clashes in the region. In 1947, the UN established
the creation of two states, Israel and Palestine, with the active participation of the USSR. Nonetheless, only Israel has been founded. While Israel has publicly endorsed the two-state principle, the Palestinian territories have yet to be fully liberated.