Jerusalem supports Biden's framework to end Gaza war

Gaza sector
Gaza sector

"Not a good deal," but Jerusalem has agreed to the framework for President Joe Biden’s plan to end the war in Gaza, a senior adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Ophir Falk, said in an interview with Britain's The Sunday Times on June 1.

"There are a lot of details to be worked out, and that includes there will not be a permanent ceasefire until all our objectives are met," he said, adding that Israel is not giving up on what he described as "not a good deal, but we dearly want the hostages released, all of them."

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Israel's conditions for ending the war in Gaza, triggered by the Hamas massacre in October 2023, "have not changed — the release of the hostages and the destruction of Hamas as a genocidal terrorist organization."

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"It is time for this war to end," Biden said on May 31, announcing that Jerusalem had proposed a three-part plan that would ultimately lead to a complete ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and the release of all hostages.

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The first phase of the plan includes a six-week total ceasefire, the withdrawal of Israeli troops from populated areas, and the release of women and children held hostage.

The second phase calls for the release of all hostages in exchange for Palestinians imprisoned in Israel, followed by the return of the remains of deceased hostages to their families and the reconstruction of Gaza.

On June 2, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that Kyiv recognizes both Israel and Palestine and called for an end to the conflict in Gaza. He made this statement at the Shangri-La Dialogue, an annual Asian security summit focused on the Pacific region, in Singapore.

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