White House Says It Does Not Support a Cease-Fire at This Time

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White House Says It Does Not Support a Cease-Fire at This Time

John F. Kirby, the White House national security spokesman, said that a cease-fire would give Hamas a “propaganda win,” legitimizing its Oct. 7 attack on Israel.

Usually when you get into a cease-fire, it’s when you think you’re at the endgame, and it’s time to negotiate. Go to the table and, brass tacks here, “How are we going to end this war?” And we don’t support that at this time. A cease-fire right now benefits Hamas. It certainly also legitimizes what Hamas started on Oct. 7. It would give them a propaganda win. “See? Look, now there’s a cease-fire. And so we’re going to be an equal party to this. And we have every right to continue to stay in governance in Gaza.” And they don’t. And they’re not. So a cease-fire not only gives them time to plan and execute, but it legitimizes what they started on Oct. 7. And that’s unacceptable to President Biden. It’s certainly unacceptable, understandably so, to the Israeli people.

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