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Biden Administration Welcomes Cease-Fire Deal and Release of Hostages in Israel-Hamas Conflict

President Biden and his administration have expressed their support for a temporary cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas, which includes the release of hostages.

The deal, brokered with the help of Qatari negotiators, entails Israel’s military temporarily halting airstrikes and ground invasion in Gaza for humanitarian reasons. In return, Hamas will release dozens of hostages, while Israel will release Palestinian prisoners on a 3-to-1 ratio.

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President Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and Secretary of State Antony Blinken have all released statements endorsing the agreement between Israeli officials and Hamas militants amid the ongoing conflict in the Middle East.

President Biden commended the deal for securing the release of hostages taken by Hamas during its attack on Israel on October 7. He expressed his satisfaction that these individuals, who have endured weeks of captivity and an unimaginable ordeal, will be reunited with their families once the deal is fully implemented.

Biden expressed his gratitude to Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani of Qatar and President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi of Egypt for their critical leadership and partnership in reaching this agreement.

He also appreciated Prime Minister Netanyahu and his government’s commitment to supporting an extended pause to ensure the deal’s full implementation and provide additional humanitarian aid to alleviate the suffering of innocent Palestinian families in Gaza. President Biden emphasized that all aspects of the deal must be fully implemented.

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The President underscored that his top priority is ensuring the safe release of American hostages worldwide. He highlighted the efforts of his national security team and himself to work closely with regional partners from the early stages of the assault by Hamas to secure the release of fellow American citizens.

Biden pointed out that the first positive outcomes of these efforts came when two Americans were reunited with their loved ones in late October. He vowed to continue these efforts until all American hostages are released, considering today’s deal as a testament to the relentless diplomacy and determination of dedicated individuals across the U.S. Government.

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Vice President Harris supported Israel’s commitment to an extended pause that would ensure the complete execution of the agreement and the delivery of additional humanitarian assistance to the civilians in Gaza.

She also called on Hamas to release all remaining hostages. Stressing the safety of Americans as the highest priority shared by President Biden and herself, Harris expressed satisfaction that the agreement would enable the return of some American hostages.

She reassured the families of these hostages that they have unwavering commitment and support in advocating for the release of their loved ones.

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The office of Israel’s Prime Minister confirmed that at least 50 women and children, who had been held hostage by Hamas, would be released during a four-day pause in the fighting. Secretary Blinken thanked Egypt and Qatar for their leadership and ongoing partnership in this endeavor.

He also appreciated the Israeli government’s support for a humanitarian pause, which would facilitate the safe transfer of hostages and allow additional humanitarian aid to reach Palestinian civilians in Gaza. However, Blinken emphasized that efforts would continue until all Hamas-held hostages in Gaza are released and reunited with their families.

Since Hamas launched its largest attack against Israel in decades on October 7, approximately 14,000 individuals have lost their lives in Gaza and Israel. Israeli forces have responded militarily, resulting in thousands of injuries and numerous individuals being taken hostage, subjected to rape, torture, and murder. There are still around 10 American citizens unaccounted for in the region.

Israeli President Isaac Herzog acknowledged the reservations surrounding the agreement with Hamas but supported the decision to move forward with it for the release of hostages.

He viewed it as a moral and ethical duty that aligns with the Jewish and Israeli value of securing the freedom of those held captive, with the hope of eventually bringing all hostages home.

President Herzog pledged that the State of Israel, the IDF, and all security forces would continue to explore every possible avenue to achieve this goal while ensuring the absolute security of Israeli citizens.

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