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US President Unveils Comprehensive Plan to Resolve Gaza Crisis


Sat 01 Jun 2024 | 01:12 PM
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On Saturday, US President Joe Biden presented a detailed plan to resolve the ongoing crisis in Gaza, emphasizing a sustainable ceasefire and the return of hostages. Over recent months, his foreign policy team and intelligence community have worked tirelessly to secure not only a fragile ceasefire but a lasting end to hostilities.

Through intense diplomacy with leaders from Israel, Qatar, Egypt, and other Middle Eastern countries, Israel has proposed a comprehensive roadmap for a sustainable ceasefire and the release of all hostages. Qatar has communicated this proposal to Hamas, and President Biden outlined the plan’s three-phase approach to the American public and the world.

The first phase, lasting six weeks, includes a complete ceasefire and the withdrawal of all Israeli forces from populated areas in Gaza. It also involves the release of several hostages, including women, elderly, and injured individuals, in exchange for hundreds of Palestinian prisoners. During this phase, American hostages will also be released. Additionally, the remains of hostages who were killed will be returned to their families, allowing them to begin healing.

Palestinian civilians will be allowed to return to their homes and neighborhoods across Gaza, including the north. Humanitarian aid will increase significantly, with 600 trucks loaded with aid entering Gaza daily. This aid will be distributed safely and effectively, with the international community providing hundreds of thousands of temporary shelters, including housing units. All these actions will begin immediately upon agreement to the proposal.

During this phase, Israel and Hamas will negotiate the necessary arrangements to transition to the second phase, which involves a permanent cessation of hostilities. If negotiations extend beyond six weeks, the ceasefire will continue as long as talks are ongoing. The United States, Egypt, and Qatar will ensure that negotiations persist until all arrangements are finalized.

The second phase will see the release of all remaining live hostages, including soldiers, and the withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza. The temporary ceasefire will transition to a "permanent cessation of hostilities" if Hamas fulfills its commitments. This phase aims to solidify peace and security for both Israelis and Palestinians.

The third phase involves a major reconstruction plan for Gaza, during which the remains of any additional hostages who were killed will be returned to their families. This phase will focus on rebuilding Gaza’s infrastructure and communities, ensuring that the region moves towards recovery and stability.

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has seen numerous flare-ups, with the recent conflict resulting in significant casualties and displacement. The United Nations and various international bodies have been calling for a ceasefire and a political solution to address the underlying issues.

The United States has a long-standing commitment to Israel's security while also advocating for Palestinian self-determination and rights. The Biden administration's proposal continues these efforts, seeking to balance security concerns with humanitarian needs.

President Biden’s proposal highlights the importance of international cooperation in resolving complex conflicts. The plan’s success relies on the willingness of all parties to negotiate and adhere to the terms outlined. It aims to bring immediate relief to civilians affected by the conflict and establish a framework for long-term peace and stability.