After 11 days of conflict which ended in a fragile ceasefire but a ceasefire all the same, the President of the United States delivered an important speech which reaffirms his support for Israel in its defense and which thanks the Egyptian president for its crucial role as mediator. But for what continuation? In the meantime, here is the full speech of President Joe Biden.
“Dear friends, I just spoke with Prime Minister Netanyahu. Earlier today, I spoke with Egyptian President Al-Sisi.
And the minister, Prime Minister Netanyahu has informed me that Israel has agreed to a mutual and unconditional ceasefire that will begin in less than two hours. The Egyptians have now informed me that Hamas and other groups in Gaza have also agreed.
In my conversation with President [Prime Minister] Netanyahu, I congratulated him on his decision to end the current hostilities in less than 11 days. I have also underlined what I have said throughout this conflict: The United States fully supports Israel’s right to defend itself against indiscriminate rocket fire from Hamas and other Gaza-based terrorist groups that claimed the lives of innocent civilians in Israel.
The Prime Minister also expressed to me his gratitude for the Iron Dome system, which our nations have developed together and which has saved the lives of countless Israeli citizens, both Arabs and Jews. I assured him of my full support in resupplying Israel’s Iron Dome to ensure its future defense and security.
In the past eleven days, I have spoken to the Prime Minister six times. I have also spoken with President Abbas more than once as part of our diplomatic engagement.
I would also like to thank the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense, our National Security Advisor and all of our team members for the incredible efforts they have put into achieving this result that we are on the lookout for. point to attend.
You know, we’ve had intensive talks at the summit, hour by hour, literally, with Egypt, the Palestinian Authority, and other countries in the Middle East in an effort to avoid the kind of protracted conflict. which we have witnessed in previous years when hostilities broke out.
I want to express my gratitude to President (Abdel Fattah) Al-Sisi and senior Egyptian officials who played an absolutely crucial role.
I also appreciate the contributions of other parties in the region who are working to end hostilities.
These hostilities resulted in the tragic deaths of so many civilians, including children. And I extend my sincere condolences to all the Israeli and Palestinian families who have lost loved ones and hope for a speedy recovery for the injured.
The United States is committed to working with the United Nations, and we remain engaged with the United Nations and other international partners to provide rapid humanitarian assistance and mobilize international support for the people of Gaza and for the reconstruction efforts in Gaza. .
We will do this in full partnership with the PA, not Hamas, but the PA so as not to allow Hamas to simply replenish its military arsenal.
I believe that Palestinians and Israelis both deserve to live in security and enjoy the same level of freedom, prosperity and democracy.
My administration will continue its discreet but determined diplomatic efforts to achieve this goal. I am convinced that we have the opportunity to move things forward, and I am committed to working in that direction.
I want to thank you all. And God bless you. I pray that this will continue. A big thank you to all. «