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Jordan’s Abdullah believes “we cannot afford” Israel to attack Rafah
MADRID, Feb 12. (.) –
The American president, Joe Biden, defended this Monday the need for a pause in the Israeli military offensive in the Gaza Strip in order to “build something more lasting.” Biden made these statements at a joint event with King Abdullah of Jordan at the White House in Washington.
Biden thus referred to the proposal prepared with Egypt and Qatar for both parties to agree to a humanitarian pause of at least six weeks “that we could take advantage of to build something more lasting,” according to the US press.
To achieve this, he has encouraged Israeli leaders to “continue working to achieve the agreement” despite the response of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who described the proposal as “disappointing.”
The goal is to “return all the hostages home and alleviate the humanitarian crisis to end the terrorist threat and bring peace to Gaza and Israel through a two-state solution,” he argued.
“We are working to create the conditions for a lasting peace with Israeli security guarantees and meeting Palestinian aspirations for their own state. I say this as a person who has supported Israel all his life. It is the only path that guarantees Israel’s security to long term,” he argued.
Biden has also called on the Palestinians to “seize the opportunity.” “The Palestinian Authority must be urgently reformed so that it can effectively serve the Palestinian people in both the West Bank and Gaza,” she urged.
“When Hamas no longer controls Gaza, (the Palestinian Authority) must prepare to build a state that accepts peace, that does not harbor terrorist groups like Hamas and Islamic Jihad,” he argued.
The American president has highlighted the steps towards peace achieved in recent months, with peace agreements between Israel and several Arab countries, and has predicted that the future Palestinian state could also live in peace with Israel. “There were efforts before the attacks of October 7. Today it is even more urgent,” he stressed.
ATTACK ON RAFÁ
Regarding the announced Israeli attack on the Rafah region, where some 1.3 million Palestinians displaced by the fighting are taking refuge, Biden has insisted that a “credible plan that guarantees security and support” for civilians is necessary.
“We have been clear from the beginning about our opposition to any forced displacement of Palestinians from Gaza,” highlighted the White House tenant.
Thus, he highlighted that they continue working to keep the Rafá and Kerem Shalom crossings open for the entry of humanitarian aid and that they want more crossings to be opened.
Biden has also taken the opportunity to highlight Jordan’s “unique work” as custodian of the holy places in East Jerusalem. “It is in difficult times like this when the ties between nations are more important than ever,” Biden highlighted. Specifically, he has mentioned the shipments of humanitarian aid by air.
The Hashemite monarch has also referred to the Israeli offensive on Rafah and has warned that “we cannot allow an Israeli attack on Rafah.” “It is clear that it will cause a new humanitarian catastrophe,” he noted.
“The situation is already unsustainable for more than a million people who have been pushed towards Rafah since the start of the war. We cannot stand by and allow this to continue. We need a lasting ceasefire now. This war must end,” has pointed out.
“Almost 100,000 people have been killed, injured or missing, most of them women and children, since the start of the war,” he recalled.