Hamas carried out onslaught because it fears Israelis, Palestinians living in peace — Biden

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

US President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden visit shops in Nantucket, Mass., Friday, Nov. 24, 2023. (AP Photo/Stephanie Scarbrough)
US President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden visit shops in Nantucket, Mass., Friday, Nov. 24, 2023. (AP Photo/Stephanie Scarbrough)

US President Joe Biden calls for renewing efforts to advance a two-state solution following the October 7 Hamas onslaught.

“We need to renew our resolve to pursue [a] two-state solution where Israelis and Palestinians can one day live side by side… with equal measure of freedom and dignity,” Biden says, reiterating a favorite administration talking point.

“Hamas unleashed this terrorist attack because they fear nothing more than Israelis and Palestinians living side by side in peace,” Biden asserts. “To continue down the path of terror, violence, killing and war is to give Hamas what it seeks. We can’t do that.”

He says he’ll continue engaging with leaders in the Middle East to promote a future “where this kind of violence is unthinkable.”

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