In the aftermath of the war on Gaza, U.S President Joe Biden stands at a critical crossroads, making choices that could shape the future of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This article, penned by Jamal Al-Kishki, scrutinizes Biden's recent article in the Washington Post, which, while expressing concern, shies away from calling for an immediate cessation of the war.
Biden's Stance: A Paradox
Al-Kishki points out an intriguing contradiction in Biden's choice of words. Biden refers to the 'people of Gaza', a term that aligns with Israel's perspective of viewing Gaza and the West Bank as separate entities. This stance contradicts his own call for the reunification of Gaza and the West Bank under a single governance structure. This seeming endorsement of Israel's viewpoint has raised eyebrows and intensified the debate around U.S foreign policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
History Repeating Itself
Al-Kishki draws a compelling parallel between Biden's stance and that of his predecessor, George W. Bush, highlighting the consistency in U.S policy, regardless of the change in administration. The U.S.'s historical support for Israel has remained unchanged, even as the conflict evolves and the stakes rise. Biden's article, while expressing concern, embodies this alignment, further reinforcing the continuity of U.S. policy.
The Way Forward
While Biden's article paints a picture of concern and alludes to the two-state solution and the rejection of forced displacement, Al-Kishki urges the U.S. President to follow through on these messages. The escalating conflict has far-reaching global implications that demand strategic intelligence and swift action. The necessity to protect all parties involved and prevent an uncontrollable crisis has never been more urgent.