Aides told reporters that the president was hopeful the hostage-release could be the first step to a broader regional peace once the crisis is over. In an opinion piece published in the Washington Post Sunday, Mr. Biden The president of the United States has stated that his ambitions go beyond the four-day truce in fighting, which was agreed on Tuesday.
“Our goal should not be simply to stop the war for today,” He wrote. “It should be to end the war forever, break the cycle of unceasing violence, and build something stronger in Gaza and across the Middle East so that history does not keep repeating itself.”
Mr. Biden and His top aides have said repeatedly that they don’t tell Israel How to respond to the massacre of 1,200 people in their country and On Tuesday, Mr. Netanyahu stated that he intends to resume military operations in Syria. Hamas Once the hostages have been released according to the agreement.
“The war will continue,” Mr. Netanyahu said.
Senior American officials have said they are not disappointed if the cease-fire becomes permanent. If the White House uses the hostage situation to push for a long-term ceasefire and Now let’s move on to the more important questions. and A two-state solution could be a way to put Mr. Biden On another collision path with Mr. Netanyahu, when the fighting is due to resume.
In the hours leading up to the agreement’s finalization, a top official of the administration told reporters that the pause was a positive step in the direction of peace. However, the official said that such a scenario was still far off.
The official spoke anonymously to discuss an agreement that was not yet finalized.
In the short-term, the president and His aides claim that they are focused on ensuring the safety of his employees. Hamas The group has lived up to its promises made over weeks of negotiation that seemed doomed to failure.
The first signs of progress were received by U.S. officials in late October through intermediaries in Qatar. and Egypt Hamas Could accept an agreement to release women and children. The children wanted to return the favor. Israel Stop the fighting to release Palestinian prisoners and Delayed an invasion of the ground
As Israeli troops continue to mass outside Gaza, officials are concerned. Israel and The United States considered whether to accept or reject the deal. Israeli officials did think Hamas The offer was real and Refused to delay the offensive on the ground Hamas The hostage-taker refused to give any proof that the hostages were alive. Negotiations were stalled.
The White House is where Mr. Biden and The team that was in charge of his foreign policy kept pushing. The hope for a positive outcome grew again on Nov. 14 when Mr. Netanyahu called President Obama to tell him he was willing to accept the new offer. Hamas. Only hours later, Israeli troops stormed Al-Shifa Hospital on Gaza’s border, which they claimed was used to treat Palestinians. Hamas Command center. Communications between Hamas and The officials in Qatar and Egypt has gone silent. Egypt went silent Hamas They resurfaced a few hours later and made it clear that the deal had fallen through.
For several days the militant group demanded Israeli troops withdraw from hospital. Israel refused. After a Mr. Biden The emir and the queen of Qatar.
The administration officials continue pressing Israel andThrough intermediaries Hamas. After Mr. Biden’s call, top aides, including the director of the C.I.A., met with the emir in Qatar to go over the latest draft — a six-page text with detailed steps for implementation on both sides.
In less than a week the diplomatic pressure was rewarded. As the Israeli cabinet voted to approve the final deal on Tuesday night, Mr. Biden He and his family spent a 5-day Thanksgiving holiday on Nantucket, an island off the coast of Washington.
The Israeli decision, announced by Mr. Netanyahu’s office, This would allow for at least a four-day pause in the fighting. If the ceasefire holds, this will be longest pause in hostilities ever. Hamas’s Oct. 7 attacks prompted Israel Gaza is now under attack.
In a Tuesday night statement, Mr. Biden The pledge to work with regional leaders “to ensure this deal is carried through in its entirety. It is important that all aspects of this deal be fully implemented.”
Even with the agreement in place, Mr. Biden Faces challenges ahead The United States is still holding Americans hostage in Gaza and Tensions are rising in the United States. and There are few signs that he is losing support within his own political party.
Officials were aware that the suffering of families whose loved ones remain captive in Gaza would not cease until they returned home.
Mr. BidenThe time could not be rushed.
“As president, I have no higher priority than ensuring the safety of Americans held hostage around the world,” Mr. Biden In his statement, he added, “Today’s deal should bring home additional American hostages, and I will not stop until they are all released.”