Biden Says 'Won't Stop Working' Until All Israeli Hostages Freed

US President Joe Biden alongside French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris (EPA)
US President Joe Biden alongside French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris (EPA)
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Biden Says 'Won't Stop Working' Until All Israeli Hostages Freed

US President Joe Biden alongside French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris (EPA)
US President Joe Biden alongside French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris (EPA)

US President Joe Biden on Saturday welcomed the freeing in an Israeli operation of four hostages held by Palestinian militants in Gaza, vowing to work until all the captives were released and a ceasefire in place.

"We won't stop working until all the hostages are home and a ceasefire is reached. That's essential to happen," Biden said in Paris alongside French President Emmanuel Macron, who also congratulated the families for the release of the hostages.

"We rejoice at the release of the four Israeli hostages freed by the Israeli army today," said Macron, AFP reported.

Earlier Saturday, Israel said its forces rescued four hostages alive from a Gaza refugee camp.

The four had been kidnapped by Hamas from the Nova music festival during the October 7 attacks that sparked war with Israel, the army said.

Noa Argamani, 26, Almog Meir Jan, 22, Andrey Kozlov, 27, and Shlomi Ziv, 41, had been rescued from two separate buildings "in the heart of Nuseirat" in a "complex daytime operation", the military said, adding they were in "good medical condition".

US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan praised "the work of the Israeli security services that conducted this daring operation".

In a statement Saturday morning, Sullivan pressed for an agreement to free the hostages and end the war.

"The hostage release and ceasefire deal that is now on the table would secure the release of all the remaining hostages together with security assurances for Israel and relief for the innocent civilians in Gaza," he said, adding that the agreement has the backing of many countries.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will head to the Middle East next week to promote the deal.

"We want to achieve an immediate ceasefire and open up the prospect of a political solution," Macron said in Paris alongside Biden.



Harris Condemns Flag Burning, Hamas Graffiti at Protest in Washington

Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at the American Federation of Teachers' 88th National Convention on July 25, 2024 in Houston, Texas. (Getty Images via AFP)
Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at the American Federation of Teachers' 88th National Convention on July 25, 2024 in Houston, Texas. (Getty Images via AFP)
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Harris Condemns Flag Burning, Hamas Graffiti at Protest in Washington

Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at the American Federation of Teachers' 88th National Convention on July 25, 2024 in Houston, Texas. (Getty Images via AFP)
Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at the American Federation of Teachers' 88th National Convention on July 25, 2024 in Houston, Texas. (Getty Images via AFP)

US Vice President Kamala Harris joined Democratic and Republican leaders in condemning protesters who burned American flags and sprayed pro-Hamas graffiti outside Washington's Union Station on Wednesday, describing the acts as unpatriotic and abhorrent.

The protests coincided with a speech to Congress by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Before he spoke, protesters marched near the US Capitol building, condemning US military aid to Israel during its war with Hamas militants in Gaza.

Following Netanyahu's speech, some of the demonstrators gathered in front of Union Station. They hoisted American flags outside the iconic train station, burned American ones and spray painted the words "Hamas is coming" and "Free Gaza" on a large monument.

Harris, the Democrats' presidential candidate, said in a statement on Thursday that she condemns any individuals associating with Hamas.

"I condemn the burning of the American flag. That flag is a symbol of our highest ideals as a nation and represents the promise of America. It should never be desecrated in that way," Harris said.

Harris and Biden were due to hold separate meetings with Netanyahu later on Thursday. More protests were planned for outside the White House.

During the protest on Wednesday, before some of the protesters converged near Union Station, police used pepper spray on some of the thousands of demonstrators present and made some arrests.

The flag burning and graffiti outside Union Station drew strong criticism from Republican US House of Representatives Speaker Mike Johnson and Hakeem Jeffries, the chamber's Democratic leader.