ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 55

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Biden: Israel must eliminate Hamas, but path to Palestinian statehood also needed

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

President Joe Biden speaks during a roundtable with Jewish community leaders in the Indian Treaty Room on the White House complex in Washington, Oct. 11, 2023. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
President Joe Biden speaks during a roundtable with Jewish community leaders in the Indian Treaty Room on the White House complex in Washington, Oct. 11, 2023. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

US President Joe Biden says Hamas must be destroyed but that there also must be a “path to a Palestinian state.”

Biden says during an interview on CBS’s 60 Minutes that Hamas “engaged in barbarism that is as consequential as the Holocaust.”

Asked if he thinks there should be a ceasefire, he answers that “Israel has to respond,” hinting that Jerusalem has US backing to forcefully attack the terror group.

“They have to go after Hamas,” he says. “Hamas is a bunch of cowards. They’re hiding behind the civilians.”

He says an Israeli re-occupation of Gaza would be a “big mistake.”

“There needs to be a Palestinian authority, there needs to be a Palestinian state,” he says.

Biden acknowledges that Israel won’t be expected to immediately pursue a two-state solution after the October 7 Hamas onslaught but argues that Jerusalem “understands that significant portions of the Palestinian people do not share the views of Hamas and Hezbollah.”

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