White House Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa Brett McGurk on Wednesday revealed that the White House wanted a “humanitarian Pause” irrespective of a hostage deal.
McGurk, while speaking on Wednesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” said the Biden administration wanted the humanitarian pause regardless of whether Hamas agreed to release the hostages it took from Israel during the Oct.7 attack.
White House Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa, Brett McGurk, stated that President Joe Biden recognized that the only way to achieve a humanitarian pause in the Israel-Palestine conflict was through a hostage deal. The White House supports… https://t.co/RyQP7HQw0f
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“We’re engaged in very intensive discussion with the Israelis every single day,” McGurk said “And I think when the President went to Israel…he spoke publicly about war-time decisions being the most difficult decisions. They require deliberation. They require constant, rigorous inquiry into the objectives and whether the policies you’re pursuing are achieving them. But one thing we’ve been very focused on since that time, and before then, is this hostage deal. The President recognized very early, that the only way, the only realistic way to get a humanitarian pause in place — and we support humanitarian pauses irrespective of a hostage deal — is through an agreement to bring the hostages home. And there [were] a number of very, very difficult, intensive conversations between the President and these other leaders that helped get this done. And we’re going to have to see where — what happens over the coming days. But the Israelis have fully committed to this deal. Hamas has committed to this deal through the Qataris and the Egyptians.”
McGurk’s comments come after the Israeli government and Hamas reached an agreement for a five-day ceasefire. The agreement will see the Jewish State release three Palestinian prisoners in exchange for one Israeli hostage.
“The Israeli government is committed to the return of all hostages home. Tonight, the government approved the outline for the first stage of achieving this goal, according to which at least 50 hostages – women and children – will be released for 4 days, during which there will be a lull in the fighting,” The Israeli Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.