Biden speaks with Netanyahu on cease-fire, aid effort

by ian

 

President Joe Biden has resumed talks with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu on a possible ceasefire with Hamas.

Biden emphasized his opposition to Israel’s invasion of Rafah where about 1 million Palestinian refugees reside. He also called for humanitarian aid to be “sustained and enhanced” in Gaza. Both Biden and Netanyahu agreed that it’s up to Hamas to accept the latest offer which would free some of the Israeli hostages and ensure a ceasefire in the region.

At the same time, a Qatari senior official has been urging Israel and Hamas to get more “serious” about negotiations. Talks between Israel and the terrorist group will resume in Egypt this week.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken returns to the Middle East today for another diplomatic mission in Israel. White House National Security Adviser John Kirby says Blinken will also focus on pushing the ceasefire.

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