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“A Tense Mission: Biden’s High-Stakes Gamble for Hamas Hostages

The world’s eyes are firmly fixed on President Biden and the US Government in the wake of recent reports that suggest a dangerous path may be being pursued in attempts to negotiate for Hamas hostages in exchange for aid and concessions to the terrorist organization. Prior to President Biden’s assumption of office in January of 2021, the United States had adopted a “zero-tolerance” policy for negotiating with designated terrorist organizations. This strict stance has been reversed in recent weeks with reports of increasing contact between the United States and Hamas. The exact details of these negotiations are not yet known. In recent weeks, multiple reports have emerged of potential agreements between the United States and Hamas that would return hostages held by the terrorist organization in exchange for various forms of aid and potential concessions. It is believed that these negotiations have been led in part by the CIA and have been conducted without notification of other countries involved in the region. If such negotiations are actually taking place, and are being done without close consultation of allies, then the consequences could be dire. Not only will the success of any such negotiations lead to a strengthening of Hamas, but it could also lead to further hostage-taking and encourage other terrorist organizations to pursue similar tactics. This is a dangerous path for President Biden and the United States government and the potential consequences are too great to ignore. Rather than going it alone, the United States must take a firm stand against hostage-taking and ensure that any negotiation is carried out with the involvement of other nations in the region and under a transparent framework. Until then, the consequences of such negotiations are too risky to pursue.