Every Freed Oct. 7 Hostage Owes Their Rescue to Joe Biden

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Every hostage that Hamas releases from Gaza owes their freedom to the president Joe Biden. This is an undeniable fact.

As I have It was mentioned earlierSince the October 7 massacre, Biden has steadfastly got Israel’s back. He did so at a high political risk to his chances of re-election next year (more on that below). But this was not his only or greatest contribution to the developments of daily life and death in the Middle East. In the past seven weeks, he has been personally involved and invested in the complex negotiations to rescue the hostages on October 7, unprecedented for a sitting US president.

Biden has dealt directly with the negative prime minister. Benjamin Netanyahu At least 15 times Very recently on Sunday. The president has also spoken at least three times each with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, most recently on Saturday, to resolve the day’s delay in implementing a deal to end Hamas prison terms.

People wave flags and Hamas descends behind screens as a second helicopter descends on the third day of an interim truce deal with Israeli hostages previously released at Schneider Medical Center on Hamas land. .
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Responding to a third hostage situation yesterday, including 4-year-old Avigail Idan, it is hoped that a short-term truce could be extended to allow more hostages to be released, while humanitarian aid for Palestinian civilians continues to flow into Gaza in the hundreds of trucks a day of food, water, medicine, fuel and cooking gas. can

“More is needed, but this agreement is delivering life-saving results.” he said.. “Critical aid is coming in and hostages are coming out. This deal is structured to build on these results. That’s my goal, that’s our goal, to keep this end going beyond tomorrow. See more hostages come out and more humanitarian aid to those in need in Gaza.”

In this regard, I would like to ask every American Jew and every American a question: Franklin D. How many of the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust to allow Jews to flee the Third Reich and then free Jews from Nazi-occupied Europe would have survived?

Of course, we know that no negotiations will be seen, let alone attempted. In the years before World War II, United States immigration laws combined with anti-Semitic State Department officials prevented German, Austrian, and other Jews from obtaining visas to the United States, preventing the fate of most. The outbreak of war and the news of the ongoing extermination of European Jewry did not change this horrible reality.

And FDR, like Father Charles Coughlin and Charles Lindbergh’s America First, did not want to jeopardize his reelection chances in 1940 and 1944 by pandering to Jews who faced broad-based anti-Semitism.

Indeed, the Roosevelt administration made no effort to rescue the thousands of American Jews who were imprisoned in Nazi Europe, and who were likely to perish through bureaucratic indifference or natural anti-Semitism or a combination of the two.

Let me keep this conversation private for a moment. In January 1943, my mother, her first husband, and her then 5-year-old son, Benjamin, were alive in the Polish ghetto of Sosnowiec. By then, government officials in Washington, D.C., from FDR on down, knew that the “Final Solution of the Jewish Question” was afoot. Last month, December 17, 1942, the United States and 10 other United Nations He condemned. The German government’s “optimal policy of cold-blooded extermination” of Jews in Nazi-occupied or controlled Europe.

Even at that stage, in the midst of World War II, if the United States—or Great Britain, Canada, Australia, or other Western democracies—had expressed a willingness to offer refuge to Jewish children, my brother—maybe—there was still a whisper of opportunity.

We will never know how Berlin responded to the request to take even a few thousand children from the ghettos and camps where they faced the aforementioned “cold-blooded extermination.” No such initiative was ever proposed or contemplated.

Jews in Europe, including millions of children, had little interest in FDR and Secretary of State Cordell Hull. They could not take any initiative to save any of them or risk any domestic political capital.

According to Gregory Wallace Chronic World Jewry’s representative in Geneva, Gerhard Reigner, later wrote, “America’s Soul in the Balance, the Holocaust, FDR’s State Department, and the Moral Humiliation of American Elites” (Greenleaf Book Group Press, 2012). CongressIn the year In January 1943, American diplomatic channels in Switzerland sent a telegram to the organization’s leadership in New York that 6,000 Jews were being “killed every day” in Poland, and that Romanian Jews were being killed in a similar fashion.

Since no one was concerned about Binyamin’s fate, he was promptly killed in the Auschwitz-Birkenau gas chamber one night on August 3-4, 1943.

It is not a chapter in American history that reflects well on either FDR or his administration.

Moreover, this sense of immorality was not prominent among American foreign policy makers. According to Henry Kissinger, the US National Security Adviser at the time he said. President Richard Nixon In 1973, in a different context, he said, “And if you put Jews in the gas chambers in the Soviet Union, it’s not an American threat. Maybe a humanitarian threat.”

Joe Biden sees the world through a different prism. For him, doing the right thing, as opposed to being driven by practical or political considerations, is an American priority, even an American one. This includes throwing the full weight of the president and administration behind him to rescue as many hostages as possible from Hamas captivity on October 7, starting with women and children.

Ever since he announced that he fully supports Israel’s commitment to ridding itself of the threat posed by Hamas, Biden has known that it will cost that terrorist organization politically. It threatens at least one battleground state, Michigan, where the president has a large Arab American population He fell In the year As of October 7, it was 59 percent to 17 percent in 2020. Biden’s pro-Israel stance Democratic PartyLeftist and with many young, pro-Palestinian voters. But none of these causes him to deviate from what he clearly sees as a moral obligation.

We know that the day will come in the not-too-distant future when Biden reminds the Netanyahu government that he believes a two-state solution is the only viable way to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. At the time, Netanyahu’s far-right faction and their supporters in the US accused the president of not supporting their jingoistic, ethnic-ethnic ambitions. And as this inevitably contentious debate unfolds, I hope that the October 7 hostages and their families will take the lead in reminding Israelis and Americans that during Israel’s darkest hour, Joe Biden did not follow FDR’s example, but instead embodied the unflinching human qualities that define true governance.

Menachem Z. Rosensaft teaches genocide law at Cornell and Columbia University law schools. He is the general counsel and author of the World Jewish Congress. Poems born in Bergen-Belsen (Kelsay Books, 2021)

The views expressed in this article are those of the author.