‘I don’t trust Hamas’: Biden says there is no telling when Americans will be freed


President Joe Biden said Friday that he does not trust Hamas, and is unsure when American citizens taken hostage last month during attacks on Israel will be released.

Israel and Hamas began a four-day truce on Friday, in which Hamas released 13 Israeli hostages and 10 Thai nationals in exchange for 50 Palestinian prisoners, while Israel allowed humanitarian aid to enter the Gaza Strip.

While a press conference On Friday afternoon, Biden was asked if he knew when any of the American citizens taken hostage by Hamas on October 7 would be released.

“We don’t know when that will happen, but we will wait for it to happen,” Biden replied. “We don’t know what the list of all the hostages is and when they will be released, but we know the numbers that will be released.”

After expressing optimism that the American hostages would soon be freed, Biden was asked if he knew the conditions of the Americans taken by Hamas, including if they were even alive.

“We don’t know all their conditions,” Biden replied of the 10 Americans currently unaccounted for.

Biden also stated that “Hamas doesn’t care at all about” Palestinian civilians endangered by “this war that Hamas has unleashed” and called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s goal of eliminating Hamas a “legitimate goal.”

Asked if he trusted Hamas to uphold their end of the truce agreement, Biden said, “I don’t trust Hamas to do anything right; I just trust Hamas to respond to pressure.”

Biden also reiterated calls for a two-state solution to end the decades-old conflict.

“Two states for two peoples, and it’s more important now than ever,” the president said. “Hamas unleashed this terror attack because they fear nothing more than Israelis and Palestinians living side by side in peace.”

“To continue down the path of terror and violence and killing and war is to give Hamas what they are looking for. We cannot do that. So, today, let us continue to give thanks to all the families who are now and those who will soon be brought together.”

Hamas and Israel began a four-day truce on Friday, which included Hamas releasing the first of multiple groups of hostages, numbering 50 out of 236 who had been kidnapped and awaiting their release, while Israel released the first of multiple groups of Palestinian prisoners, numbering 150. .

The hostages were part of about 240 people abducted by Hamas when they launched orchestrated attacks on Israel on October 7, in which about 1,200 people were killed and thousands more were injured.

Israel launched retaliatory attacks in the Gaza Strip, which, according to claims made by the Hamas-led Gaza Ministry of Health, resulted in the deaths of more than 10,000 civilians.

The Israeli hostages released range from 2 to 85 years old.

The first group of Israeli hostages released on Friday include: Margalit Mozes, 78; Adina Moshe, 72; Yafa Adar, 85; Hannah Perry, 79; Danielle Aloni, 44, and her daughter, Amelia Aloni, 6; Keren Mundar, 54, and her son, Ohad Mundar, 9, and his grandmother, Ruti Mundar, 78; Doron Katz Asher, 34, and her two daughters, Raz, 4, and Aviv, 2; and Hannah Katzir, 77, who Palestinian Islamic Jihad claimed died in an Israeli airstrike.

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