Suppose that $P$ is a prime ideal. Let $I$ and $J$ be ideals such that $IJ \subset P$. Assume that
\[I \not \subset P \text{ and } J \not \subset P.\]
Then there exist
\[a \in I \setminus P \text{ and } b\in J \setminus P.\]

Then the element $ab$ is in both $I$ and $J$ since $I, J$ are ideals. Then we have
\[ab \in IJ \subset P\]
and this implies either $a \in P$ or $b\in P$ since $P$ is a prime ideal.

However, this contradicts the choice of the elements $a, b$.
Therefore, we must have
\[I \subset P \text{ or } J \subset P.\]

(b) $\implies$ (a)

Now we assume statement (b) is true.
Suppose that $ab \in P$, where $a, b \in R$.
Let $I=(a)$, $J=(b)$ be ideals generated by $a$ and $b$, respectively.

Then we have
\[IJ=(ab)\subset P\]
since $ab \in P$, and statement (b) implies that we have either $(a)=I\subset P $ or $(b)=J \subset P$.

Hence we have either $a \in P$ or $b\in P$.
Thus $P$ is a prime ideal.

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