Israel-Hamas war: a six-week truce is under discussion, says Joe Biden

Joe Biden on February 12, 2024, with King Abdullah II of Jordan in the background.
ANNA MONEYMAKER / Getty Images via AFP Joe Biden on February 12, 2024, with King Abdullah II of Jordan in the background.

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Joe Biden on February 12, 2024, with King Abdullah II of Jordan in the background.

INTERNATIONAL – After the failure of a truce project a few days ago, all would not be lost. During a speech at the White House in the company of King Abdullah II, the American president assured this Monday, February 12 that new discussions were underway.

“The United States is working on an agreement between Israel and Hamas that would immediately bring a period of calm of at least six weeks to Gaza”which can lead to “something more sustainable”said the 81-year-old Democrat.

“The key elements are on the table”he added according to the agency, “even if there are still points to be resolved”. In any case, Joe Biden assures that he will “whatever is possible” so that an agreement can be reached. A member of the administration told the media outlet that pressure from the Israeli army on Khan Younes had pushed Hamas to consider agreeing to a truce.

King Abdullah II, for his part, called for a “sustainable ceasefire immediately”. The American president still rejects this idea of ​​an unconditional and indefinite cessation of hostilities.

Still fears about the situation in Rafah

The two leaders also each discussed the situation in Rafah, a city in the south of which is Israel’s next stated military objective, in slightly different terms.

“We cannot afford an Israeli attack on Rafah”said Abdallah II, adding that “the situation was already unbearable for more than a million people who have been pushed towards (this border town with Egypt) since the war began”.

Joe Biden did not ask Israel to purely and simply renounce any attack, but insisted that it “Civilians had to be protected”. Washington, Israel’s first ally, is letting its annoyance with the government of , particularly with regard to Rafah, show more and more clearly.

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