April 17, 2024

Hamas Digs In on Hostages After Biden Betrays Israel at UN

Hamas is reportedly refusing to just accept Israel’s phrases for a hostage deal and digging in on its calls for after the Biden administration refused to veto a United Nations Security Council decision on Monday calling for a ceasefire in Gaza.

The decision didn’t require that Israeli hostages be launched as a situation of a ceasefire — a requirement that the U.S. had made in earlier proposals. Instead, the resolution merely talked about the discharge of the remaining hostages.

Hamas noticed that as a victory — as did nations like South Africa, which is presently pursuing a case towards Israel at the International Court of Justice at The Hague, claiming that Israel is committing “genocide” in its battle towards Hamas.

Hamas praised the Security Council, and stated that it was ready to debate the trade of Israeli hostages (which it described as “prisoners”) for Palestinian terror convicts — however solely after a ceasefire.

The Times of Israel reported: “Hamas says it has informed mediators that the terror group will stick to its original position on reaching a comprehensive ceasefire, which includes the withdrawal of Israeli troops from Gaza, a return of displaced Palestinians and a “real” trade of prisoners.”

Egypt and Qatar, that are mediators in hostage talks, additionally praised the UN decision, whereas Israel condemned it.

In impact, the decision requires Israel to just accept defeat in its major objective, which is to finish Hamas as a army menace. The decision due to this fact makes a hostage deal much less probably than earlier than — until Israel is ready to let Hamas win.

White House nationwide safety spokesman John Kirby claimed in a briefing Monday that the brand new decision, from which the U.S. merely abstained, “does link hostages and a ceasefire.” But it doesn’t make one rely on the opposite.

A draft U.S. decision, which was vetoed by Russia and China final Friday, made a ceasefire dependent on the discharge of the Israeli hostages — certainly, that was one of many causes cited by opponents of the U.S. draft for voting towards it.

The White House claimed Monday that its place had not modified. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu disagreed, canceling a gathering between his senior aides and President Joe Biden’s aides to debate their variations.

Kirby stated that the Biden administration was “perplexed” by Netanyahu’s determination, and claimed Netanyahu was overreacting to the decision by “choosing to create a perception of daylight here when they don’t need to do that.”

The Biden administration’s determination to abstain from the decision remembers the same determination by the Obama White House in its final weeks in 2016, when the U.S. abstained from U.N. Security Council Resolution 2334, which declared the Israeli presence throughout the 1949 armistice traces — together with within the Old City of Jerusalem — unlawful. The backlash towards that call led President Donald Trump to maneuver the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the creator of the latest e-book, “The Zionist Conspiracy (and how to join it),” now obtainable on Audible. He can also be the creator of the e-book, Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.