You have likely observed the sensational headlines circling this week regarding Joe Biden indicating that a ceasefire agreement in Gaza was “near” to being completed and that at least some hostages and captives could be interchanged. Most of us would probably be pleased to witness hostages returning home, so that’s positive news, correct? Biden reassured us that he had received that intel from National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, so the assertion must have been rather reliable. However, there’s a solitary issue with the narrative and the presumptions that ensued. As highlighted by the Free Beacon, some journalists had been following up with their contacts in Israel and throughout the Middle East where the key stakeholders are engaged. None of them appeared to possess any clue about what Biden was referring to. 

Following President Joe Biden’s suggestion on Monday that a ceasefire pact in the conflict between Israel and Hamas was impending, various participants in the talks seemed to cast skepticism on his statement.

“My national security advisor informs me that we’re near,” Biden stated to reporters in New York. “We’re near. We’re not finished yet. Hopefully, by next Monday, we will secure a ceasefire.”

Nonetheless, representatives from Hamas, Israel, and mediator Qatar reportedly all suggested that his positivity was overstated.

“The primary concerns of the ceasefire and the withdrawal of Israeli forces are ambiguous, causing a delay in reaching an accord,” two unnamed senior Hamas officials informed Reuters on Tuesday.

The Hamas officials pointed out there were “significant gaps to be bridged.” Unnamed, high-ranking Israeli officials cited by Israel’s Ynet News website mentioned that they “were unaware of the basis for Biden’s optimism.” Qatar’s foreign affairs ministry seemed equally puzzled, stating they remained optimistic “but not necessarily confident” that a ceasefire deal could be achieved. 

In essence, nobody directly engaged in either the conflict or the discussions believes that the two sides are on the brink of an agreement. Bibi Netanyahu has not backed down on his determination to continue eradicating Hamas. Hamas has not released any additional hostages. There has been no discernible progress since the prior ceasefire concluded.

So, where did Joe Biden obtain this “data?” Did Jake Sullivan genuinely brief him on that? If so, should we start questioning whether he’s truly fit for this role or if he’s becoming as perplexed as his superior? It’s conceivable that Sullivan might have conveyed a similar sentiment to Biden in an optimistic manner, and Biden simply misconstrued it as a final deal. More alarmingly, Biden might have entirely fabricated the dialogue. At this juncture, we cannot dismiss that potentiality honestly. After all, the man frequently converses with deceased individuals.

I’ve previously seen some conservative analysts query why the United States is not asserting its conventional role as a peacemaker and guiding these negotiations to completion. Nevertheless, does anyone genuinely desire Joe Biden at that negotiation table currently? The two sides are at a standstill and have been for an extended period. Israel will not approve an agreement that harms its interests, does not secure the release of all hostages, or hinders them from eradicating Hamas. Hamas will not relinquish what they perceive as their last form of protection against total obliteration. 

Resolving this circumstance would have presented a formidable challenge even to Henry Kissinger at the peak of his abilities. Joe Biden could not have matched Kissinger’s skills even on his finest day, which is now well behind him. Nevertheless, the issue remains that he continues to make statements like this, leaving the press scrambling to verify or justify what transpired. The world is currently a tinderbox, and the individual potentially in command of the fuse no longer possesses the cognitive capacity to be entrusted with a pack of matches.