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.”
"Israel is going after a group of people who have engaged in barbarism that is as consequential as the Holocaust… Israel has to respond," says Mr. Biden.
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) October 15, 2023
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.”