President Joe Biden categorically stated that there is “no possibility” of a ceasefire in Gaza, emphasizing the relentless pursuit of securing the hostages’ release. Speaking to reporters before departing on Air Force One, Biden asserted, “None, No possibility.” Despite the ongoing airstrikes in the Middle East, Biden expressed optimism about the efforts to retrieve hostages, assuring, “We’re still optimistic.”
Responding to questions about his discussions with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Biden acknowledged requesting a pause of more than three days for hostage evacuation, acknowledging, “It’s taking a little longer than I hoped.”
Welcoming Israel’s decision to formalize humanitarian pauses, Biden considered it a “step in the right direction.” He affirmed the significance of these pauses in ensuring civilian safety and facilitating aid flow to alleviate the suffering in Gaza.
White House National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby highlighted active discussions with Israel about tactical humanitarian pauses. Kirby noted the announcement of two humanitarian corridors allowing civilians to flee the northern part of Gaza, emphasizing the critical need to expand humanitarian supplies in areas where civilians are moving. Taking to X, Biden stated, “These pauses will help get civilians to safer areas away from active fighting. They are a step in the right direction. You have my word: I will continue to advocate for civilian safety and focus on increasing aid to alleviate the suffering of the people of Gaza.”
Despite these measures, as reported by the UN Office for the Coordinator of Humanitarian Affairs, around 50,000 Palestinians have already evacuated northern Gaza through the Salah a Din humanitarian corridor amid the ongoing conflict. The IDF’s decision to permit people to move south came after diplomatic pressure from the Biden administration, marking the sixth consecutive day of evacuation efforts.