Biden voices support for "humanitarian pause" in Israeli war on Gaza

AFP , Thursday 2 Nov 2023

US President Joe Biden, said he thinks there should be a "humanitarian pause" in the Israeli war in the Gaza Strip to get "prisoners" out of Gaza, responding to a heckler at a Minnesota campaign event Wednesday night.

US President Joe Biden speaks in Northfield, Minnesota, on 1 November, 2023, AFP


Biden was delivering remarks to some 200 supporters in the northern US state.

"I think we need a pause. A pause means giving time to get the prisoners out", Biden responded to a member of the audience who shouted out to him "As a rabbi, I need you to call for a ceasefire right now." referring to the deadly Israeli war in the Gaza.

Biden engaged further with the woman, referring to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by the nickname "Bibi".

"I'm the guy that convinced Bibi to call for a ceasefire to let the prisoners out."

Biden indicated that he was discussing the recent release of two US captives formerly held by Hamas.

The White House has previously called for "humanitarian pauses" to allow aid to be delivered into Gaza or to carry out evacuations, but has so far refused to discuss a ceasefire, believing "it would exclusively play into the hands of Hamas."

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