ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 141

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Biden: PA must urgently reform so it can effectively deliver for Palestinians

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

US President Joe Biden arrives with Jordan's King Abdullah II to speak in the Cross Hall of the White House, February 12, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
US President Joe Biden arrives with Jordan's King Abdullah II to speak in the Cross Hall of the White House, February 12, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

“We’re working to create the conditions for lasting peace… with Israeli security guarantees and Palestinian aspirations for their own state fulfilled. I say this as a long lifelong supportive Israel. That’s the only path that guarantees Israel’s security for the long term,” Biden says after meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah.

“To achieve it, the Palestinians must also seize the opportunity. The Palestinian Authority must urgently reform so it can effectively deliver for the Palestinian people in both the West Bank and Gaza,” Biden continues.

“Once Hamas control of Gaza is over. [The PA] must prepare to build a state that accepts peace, does not harbor terrorist groups like Hamas and Islamic Jihad.”

“We’ve started to integrate the region, to bring about peace between Israel and all its Arab neighbors, including [a future] Palestinian state. That effort was already underway before October 7 attacks. It’s even more urgent today,” Biden says.

The president goes on to nod at Jordan’s “unique role” as custodian of Jerusalem holy sites.

“It’s difficult times like these that the bonds between nations are more important than ever,” Biden concludes.

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