Biden Voices Support for Israel-Hamas Ceasefire…Again

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On Sunday, Israeli Ambassador to the US Gilad Erdan expressed gratitude to President Joe Biden for issuing a “strong message of support” for the Jewish state in its response to Hamas rocket attacks from Gaza.

US President Joe Biden has signalled support for a ceasefire between israel and the Islamist movement Hamas, but stopped short of calling for an immediate halt to bilateral hostilities.

The president is reportedly under pressure from the Democratic Party to take a tougher position on israel and call for an an immediate ceasefire between the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) and Hamas. The group is viewed as a terrorist organisation by Tel Aviv.

The White House said in a statement on Monday that during a phone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – the second such call in three days – Biden “reiterated his firm support for Israel’s right to defend itself against indiscriminate [Hamas] rocket attacks”.

This came after Biden spoke to Netanyahu on Saturday in phone talks, during which POTUS expressed alarm over civilian casualties in Gaza.

Netanyahu, for his part, insisted Israel “is doing everything to avoid harming” those who aren’t involved with Hamas and that “those not involved” were evacuated from a 12-storey building in the Gaza Strip that housed the offices of the Associated Press and Al Jazeera. The building collapsed on Saturday after a strike by three Israeli missiles.

Saturday’s conversation between Biden and…

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