U.S. Pushes for Ceasefire in Israel-Hamas Conflict

Skylar Hawthorne

Updated Tuesday, June 11, 2024 at 6:08 AM CDT

U.S. Pushes for Ceasefire in Israel-Hamas Conflict

The ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas has resulted in significant casualties and destruction since it erupted on October 7, 2023. Hamas-led militants killed over 1,200 people, mostly civilians, in southern Israel and took around 250 hostages. In response, the conflict has led to over 37,120 Palestinian deaths and widespread destruction in Gaza, according to the Gaza Health Ministry.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has been on a diplomatic mission to the Middle East, making eight visits since the war began. His goal is to end the Israeli air and ground offensive against Hamas, following President Joe Biden's proposal for a truce approved by the U.N. Security Council. Biden's plan includes a ceasefire and the release of hostages in exchange for Palestinians jailed in Israel, aiming for a permanent end to the war.

Senior Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri confirmed that Hamas has accepted the U.N. resolution backing the ceasefire plan and is ready to negotiate the details. He emphasized that the U.S. must ensure Israel abides by the resolution, which includes the withdrawal of Israeli troops and a swap of hostages for Palestinian prisoners.

Blinken has been in talks with Israeli leaders in Tel Aviv and emphasized the need for definitive confirmation from Hamas leadership inside Gaza. He also stressed the importance of having plans for Gaza post-war. Blinken's efforts included discussions aimed at countering rising violence between Israel and Lebanon's Hezbollah.

The diplomatic mission saw Blinken meeting with key figures including Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, Israeli President Isaac Herzog, ex-military chief Benny Gantz, and opposition leader Yair Lapid. The U.S. State Department stated that Blinken discussed Biden's truce proposal with Gantz, highlighting how it would advance Israel's security interests and potentially restore calm along Israel's border with Lebanon.

Despite these efforts, Israeli forces stepped up strikes on Rafah in Gaza after four soldiers were killed in an ambush claimed by Hamas. The U.N. Security Council passed a U.S.-sponsored resolution endorsing the ceasefire proposal. While Hamas welcomed the resolution and expressed readiness to work with mediators in indirect negotiations with Israel, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip reacted cautiously, fearing it could be another fruitless ceasefire initiative.

Netanyahu and his government have resisted calls for any "day after" plan that would bar Israel from having some form of security presence in Gaza. Blinken urged Israel to come up with acceptable alternatives for a post-conflict plan. The proposed three-phase plan includes the release of more hostages, a temporary pause in hostilities, a full withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza, and a permanent end to hostilities, followed by reconstruction in Gaza.

Netanyahu has expressed skepticism about the deal, stating that what has been presented publicly is not accurate, and reaffirmed Israel's commitment to destroying Hamas. His far-right allies have threatened to collapse his government if he implements the plan. Benny Gantz resigned from the three-member War Cabinet, demanding a new plan for postwar Gaza.

Complicating the ceasefire push was the rescue of four Israeli hostages, which resulted in the deaths of 274 Palestinian civilians. Israeli forces released dramatic video of the rescue operation in Nuseirat, a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, where Yamam and Shin Bet operatives worked at two locations to rescue the hostages while engaging in combat with Hamas terrorists. The operation was part of a major Israeli air and ground offensive in central Gaza.

The Hamas-run Health Ministry in Gaza does not distinguish between fighters and civilians in its casualty figures, which Israel disputes, stating its soldiers target Hamas terrorists in dense urban areas. More than 100 captives, mostly women and children, were freed in exchange for Palestinians imprisoned by Israel during a weeklong ceasefire in November. Israeli authorities believe Hamas is still holding around 120 hostages, with 43 pronounced dead. Among the survivors held by Hamas are about 15 women, two children under the age of 5, and two men in their 80s.

The U.S., Israel's closest ally and biggest arms supplier, has criticized the high civilian death toll and humanitarian crisis in Gaza resulting from the Israeli military campaign.

Conservative Bias:

Once again, the liberals are showing their true colors by coddling terrorists and undermining our closest ally, Israel. The Biden administration, along with their puppet Secretary of State Antony Blinken, is pushing for a ceasefire that only emboldens Hamas, a group of ruthless militants who have slaughtered over 1,200 innocent Israelis and taken hundreds hostage. This so-called truce is nothing but a capitulation to terrorism, forcing Israel to release dangerous prisoners while Hamas continues its reign of terror. And let's not forget the liberal media's blatant bias, parroting the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry's inflated casualty figures without question. The Democrats' weak-kneed approach is a slap in the face to Israel's right to defend itself and maintain security in the region. Netanyahu's skepticism is justified, as this plan does nothing but compromise Israel's safety and sovereignty. The far-left agenda is clear: undermine Israel, empower terrorists, and destabilize the Middle East. Shameful!

Liberal Bias:

The conservative warmongers and their allies in the Israeli government are once again showing their complete disregard for human life and international law. Netanyahu and his far-right cronies are resisting any meaningful efforts for peace, preferring instead to continue their brutal offensive in Gaza, which has resulted in the deaths of over 37,000 Palestinians, many of them innocent civilians. The Biden administration's proposal for a ceasefire is a step towards sanity, yet the hawks in Israel and their enablers in the GOP are doing everything they can to derail it. They refuse to accept any "day after" plan that would end their oppressive control over Gaza, and instead, they escalate the violence, killing hundreds more in reckless rescue operations. The U.S. must hold Israel accountable for its war crimes and humanitarian violations. The conservative agenda is clear: perpetuate endless conflict, ignore the suffering of Palestinians, and maintain a stranglehold on power through fear and violence. Disgraceful!|

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