The Biden administration has been cautiously supportive of the recently announced Israel-Hamas ceasefire deal. This agreement, which was touted by both sides as a resolution of the conflict and an end to the fighting in the Gaza Strip, came on the heels of escalating violence that has left more than 200 dead and thousands injured in the region.
The White House released a statement on Friday, expressing its hope that the agreement will “usher in a new era of security, stability, and prosperity for Palestinians and Israelis alike.” President Joe Biden himself said in a statement that the ceasefire was a “genuine opportunity to make progress.”
The U.S. Department of State was also quick to note that this ceasefire was only a first step, and that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict “remains unresolved.” Secretary of State Antony Blinken also pointed out that it was the Syrian government that was responsible for the conflict, and urged them to halt its “military attacks and other provocations.”
In addition to this, the Biden administration also welcomed the release of Palestinian prisoners by the Israeli military, calling it a “significant humanitarian gesture.” This move was done in accordance with the Egyptian-sponsored agreement, and was hailed by Palestinians as a sign of progress.
The Biden administration has gone on to call on both sides to resume negotiations, and has pledged to support Israel and the Palestinian Authority as they work towards a lasting peace agreement. The administration also highlighted the importance of “humanitarian assistance for individuals in need, including those affected by the conflict.”
Overall, the Biden administration has expressed its support for the new development between Israel and Hamas, while still maintaining caution. The administration is hopeful that the ceasefire will bring about lasting peace in the region, but has also made it clear that further diplomatic efforts will be required in order to secure it.