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    ‘I am a Zionist,’ says Biden, calling for peace efforts in Gaza.

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    Somali Magazine – President Joe Biden has maintained his Zionist beliefs and stated that Israel must seize a chance for peace and security for both Israelis and Palestinians.

    “You do not have to be Jewish to be a Zionist. I am a Zionist. “Where there is no Israel, there is no Jew in the world to be safe,” Biden stated during an interview on NBC’s “Late Night With Seth Meyers” on Monday.

    “But here is the deal. “They must also seize the opportunity to bring peace and security to Israelis and Palestinians who are being used as pawns by Hamas,” he added.

    The president stated that a procedure is underway.

    “I think if we get that temporary cease-fire, we’ll be able to change the dynamic” toward a two-state solution to ensure Israel’s security and the Palestinians’ independence, said Biden.

    Regarding a likely Israeli operation in Rafah, Biden stated that the Israelis “made a commitment to me that they’re going to see to it that there’s the ability to evacuate significant portions of Rafah before they go and take out the remainder of Hamas.”

    He maintained that far too many innocent people are being slaughtered in Gaza.

    Biden stated that Israel has had overwhelming support from the vast majority of nations, saying, “If they continue with this incredibly conservative government they have and Ben-Gvir and others, they will lose support from around the world.”

    He was referring to Israel’s National Security Minister, Itamar Ben-Gvir.

    “And that is not in Israel’s interest,” he said.

    The president also stated that if a hostage-release agreement is achieved, Israel will suspend its operations in Gaza during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

    “Ramadan’s coming up and there has been an agreement by the Israelis that they would not engage in activities during Ramadan as well, in order to give us time to get all the hostages out,” stated Vice President Joe Biden.

    Earlier, he expressed hope that a cease-fire may be agreed by March 4.

     

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