Hamas Courts Public Opinion While Committing War Crimes

Dr. Munr Kazmir
4 min readJun 12, 2024

How is this working?

“Free Gaza Hostages” — Graffiti in Logan Circle, Washington, DC USA. May 29, 2024. (Photo: Ted Eytan)

As the war between Israel and Hamas stretches on, intense efforts by the Biden Administration to broker a peace deal failed to produce fruit this week.

U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, who has been working tirelessly behind the scenes to negotiate a cease-fire, is likely to return to the U.S. this week empty-handed.

Hamas official says Blinken ‘part of the problem, not the solution’ to war in Gaza,” reported Reuters.

“Earlier, Blinken said that Hamas had suggested numerous changes, some unworkable, to the Gaza ceasefire proposal, though he also said mediators remained determined to close the gaps,” added Reuters.

This is all proving very complicated for President Joe Biden.

Facing a difficult path to reelection, and the DNC convention scheduled soon in Chicago, the President needs the conflict in Gaza to be winding down — not amping up.

How Biden is putting the heat on Netanyahu,” wrote Nahal Toosi for POLITICO on June 6, 2024. “The multi-pronged effort targets Hamas leaders, too, but the Israeli prime minister could prove the more complicated get.”

“The president and his aides are working to make sure Netanyahu is feeling the squeeze from…