Biden Shifting Stance On Israel-Hamas Conflict

In a recent statement that suggests he is shifting from his initial stance, President Joe Biden has expressed his willingness to engage in discussions about a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, provided that the Palestinian terrorist organization releases all the hostages it still holds in Gaza. 

Just two weeks ago, Biden expressed unwavering support for Israel’s right to defend itself against Hamas, which had carried out a devastating terror attack on Oct. 7, resulting in the tragic loss of over 1,400 lives and the kidnapping of more than 200 innocent people. At that time, he not only affirmed Israel’s right but also its duty to confront Hamas.

However, Biden’s recent statement has raised eyebrows, as he stated, “We should have those hostages released, and then we can talk.” This condition has led some to believe that the U.S. may not fully back Israel’s objective of eradicating Hamas from the region, as suggested by his earlier stance.

The U.S. State Department had previously expressed its opposition to a ceasefire, citing concerns that it could allow Hamas to regain strength. Israel’s position is clear: they demand the release of all hostages and, equally importantly, they want to make sure Hamas never has the capacity to carry out another massacre like the one on Oct. 7 when it invaded Israeli communities near the border, resulting in the deaths of around 1,400 Israelis, including babies.

So far, Hamas has released four hostages in total, with two of the hostages, Americans, being released last week in a deal reportedly brokered by Qatar, and another two Israeli hostages freed on Monday. 

However, according to National Security spokesperson John Kirby, there are still Americans being held as hostages, with more than ten others unaccounted for.