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    Biden Says ‘Key Elements’ of a Gaza Deal Are on the Table as He Meets with Jordan’s King Abdullah

    Biden Says ‘Key Elements' of a Gaza Deal Are on the Table as He Meets with Jordan's King Abdullah

    — Declaring that “every innocent life lost in Gaza is a tragedy,” President Joe Biden welcomed 's King Abdullah II to the White House Monday for talks on how to end the months-long war and for what comes afterward.

    The meeting with Abdullah comes as Biden and his aides are working to broker another pause in Israel's war against Hamas in order to send humanitarian aid and supplies into the region and get hostages out. The White House faces growing criticism from Arab Americans over the administration's continued support for Israel in the face of rising casualties in Gaza since Hamas launched its Oct 7 attack on Israel.

    “The key elements of the deal are on the table,” Biden said alongside the king, though “there are gaps that remain.” He said the U.S. would do “everything possible” to make an agreement happen: a pause to fighting for at least six weeks and the release of the remaining hostages held by Hamas.

    A senior U.S. administration official said Sunday that after weeks of shuttle diplomacy and phone conversations, a framework was essentially in place for a deal. The official said Israeli pressure on Hamas in Khan Younis over the last several week s has helped bring the militant group closer to accepting an agreement.

    Abdullah said Biden's leadership was “key to addressing this conflict,” as he raised the plight of the tens of thousands of civilians killed and wounded in the…

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