(UnitedVoice.com) – There’s a lot of debate in the US and the United Nations over whether world leaders should pressure Israel to enact a ceasefire with Hamas. The Middle Eastern country is currently bombing the Gaza Strip after terrorists crossed its border to attack Israel and kill innocent civilians. More than 1,400 Israelis, including children and babies, have died.
On the Gaza side, the casualties are much worse, topping more than 8,000. Despite the growing number of dead, not everyone believes a ceasefire is necessary. One prominent Democrat thinks such a move would help the terrorists.
Clinton Weighs In
On October 26, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attended the 30th anniversary gala for Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. In a conversation with Norah O’Donnell, the former first lady said that people who are calling on Israel to implement a ceasefire “don’t understand Hamas.”
Clinton went on to say that the militant group would spend the entire ceasefire building up its arms and preparing for another battle with Israel. She said a temporary break would be a “gift to Hamas” because it would allow them to strengthen their positions.
In a conversation with @NorahODonnell, Secretary Hillary Clinton on those calling for a ceasefire:
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— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) October 30, 2023
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected calls for a ceasefire. Like Clinton, he believes pausing his attack would just strengthen Hamas. He said the US wouldn’t agree to a ceasefire after the attack on Pearl Harbor or September 11, so his country “will not agree to a cessation of hostilities with Hamas after the horrific attacks of October 7.”
UN Calls for Ceasefire
UN Secretary-General António Guterres has slammed Israel for the number of dead civilians in Gaza. He called it “totally unacceptable” and said everyone involved should “respect their obligations under international humanitarian law.”
Philippe Lazzarini, the head of the UN’s agency for Palestinian refugees, spoke at an emergency UN meeting on October 30 and said, “an immediate ceasefire has become a matter of life and death for millions.” He accused Netanyahu of punishing all Gazans.
Fractures in the Democratic Party
Back in the US, President Joe Biden has pledged to fully support Israel and has already sent resources to the country to help. His support of Israel’s war has earned him the nickname “Genocide Joe” by people on the Left. Gallup released a poll taken last month that shows the president’s poll numbers in his own party are falling significantly. They dropped 11 points from September to October. As the president moves toward the general election, the conflict in Israel could damage his chances of being reelected in 2024.
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