Jake Sullivan's Political Deal With Hamas Is No Deal at All

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If you've ever found yourself wondering where Joe Biden comes up with all of his seemingly insane ideas regarding the situation in the Middle East, perhaps some of them are coming from the person who is supposedly advising him on such matters. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan was at it again yesterday while addressing the press corps during a briefing. He once again insisted that the President wants to see a "political solution" to the situation in Gaza and it would have to involve a "two-state solution." What such a Palestinian state would look like or how it could feasibly be formed was not specified. Sullivan appeared to ignore the fact that all reasonable offers made to Hamas have been rejected. This bit of showmanship did not appear to accomplish anything other than furthering the divide between the Biden administration and Israel. At Townhall, our colleague Spencer Brown has the details.

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Proving its inexplicable desire to legitimize Iran-backed Hamas and hand swaths of the region over to violent terrorist group "a" or more violent terrorist group "b," Biden's National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan insisted on Monday there must be a "political" solution to end the war sparked by Hamas on October 7. 

That massacre, of course, saw Hamas and other Iran-backed terrorists invade Israel by land and air, massacre the most Jews in any single day since the Holocaust, and return to Gaza with bloodied hostages to whom the terrorists did unspeakable evils. Still, the Biden administration thinks diplomacy can achieve a peaceful resolution to the vile wickedness of Hamas and its aim to annihilate Israel. 

Despite the lunacy of such a proposal, Sullivan again reiterated Biden's belief that a "two-state solution" is the "political" answer to the current war. In fact, he said it's the "only way" to ensure Israel's security. 

Perhaps we could take the Biden administration more seriously if they would flesh out precisely what this "political solution" would look like. The vaunted two-state solution being proposed has traditionally been understood to mean the creation of a second Palestinian state that would peacefully coexist alongside the state of Israel. Under the current conditions, however, you would probably need a three-state solution. The "Palestinians" are split into two areas, with Hamas controlling the Gaza Strip and the Palestinian Authority running the West Bank. The two groups don't even align with each other. The PA has no interest in being charged with responsibility for Gaza and the Gazans feel that the PA is too accommodating toward Israel. 

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Just for the sake of argument, let's say that you could somehow hammer out a Palestinian state. Who would speak for them in their negotiations with their Israeli "neighbors?" The first item on the docket would probably need to be the fact that the leadership of Hamas has continued to promise thousands more attacks like the one on October 7 until Israel is destroyed. Are they now willing to back down on that? Would anyone believe them if they said they would?

If the negotiations are being handled by Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority, Hamas would surely not abide by any agreements they made. And the PA isn't exactly friendly with Israel either. Recognizing this new state wouldn't change the current conditions measurably except that the Palestinians would probably receive some sort of recognition from the United Nations. We would be back to the status quo in no time, Hamas would reconstitute, and the attacks on Israel would continue. So what precisely would this "political solution" actually solve?

Unlike the Biden administration, the Israelis are dealing with reality. Hamas in particular isn't looking for a political solution or a two-state solution. They're looking for a Final Solution in the model of Hitler and the Nazis. If the White House wants to engage in this debate, they should be focusing on allowing Israel to wipe up as much of the remainder of Hamas' brigades as possible and then propose a way to establish a security force that will be able to deliver aid to the people in the Gaza Strip while providing oversight to ensure that Hamas doesn't fully reconstitute itself anytime soon. They also need to stop worrying about appeasing the Squad and focus on demonstrating that the United States can still recognize the difference between good and evil and we know which side we're supposed to be on.

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