In a name with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, President Joe Biden “expressed his support” for a cease-fire between Israeli forces and Hamas, the Palestinian navy group in Gaza, in response to a readout of the decision.
In the decision, Biden “reiterated his firm support for Israel’s right to defend itself against indiscriminate rocket attacks” and “encouraged Israel to make every effort to ensure the protection of innocent civilians.”
The president and the Israeli prime minister additionally “discussed progress in Israel’s military operations against Hamas and other terrorist groups in Gaza.”
During a press briefing early Monday afternoon, White House press secretary Jen Psaki stated the administration believed “intensive, quiet discussions with leaders in the region” would assist convey an finish to every week of mayhem that has left hundreds dead in Palestine and 10 dead in Israel.
Responding to criticism of the president for refusing to name for a cease-fire, Psaki stated, “There are times in diplomacy when we’ll need to keep those conversations quieter.” She stated the Biden administration is primarily involved with ending the violence of the previous week.
Publicly asking for a cease-fire ― as a majority of Democrats within the Senate lately urged Biden to do ― wouldn’t be as efficient as having a dialog behind the scenes, Psaki claimed. She stated the administration has carried out 60 calls prior to now week with “senior leaders in Israel and the Palestinian Authority.”
Despite Biden’s preliminary reluctance to formally urge Israeli forces and Hamas to convey an finish to the violence, a majority of Democrats within the Senate signed a letter Sunday evening calling for a right away cease-fire “to prevent any further loss of civilian life and to prevent further escalation of conflict.”
After Psaki’s press convention wherein she averted straight answering questions on Gaza, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer joined his chamber’s bipartisan call for a cease-fire.
“I agree with the statement put out by Sens. [Chris] Murphy and [Todd] Young last night in its entirety,” stated the New York Democrat, who has been a staunch longtime defender of the Israeli authorities. “I want to see a cease-fire reach quickly and mourn the loss of life.”
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres additionally referred to as for a cease-fire on Sunday, saying the violence dangers dragging Israelis and Palestinians right into a “spiral of violence with devastating consequences for both communities and for the entire region.” Multiple international locations tried to get the U.N. to challenge a joint demand for a cease-fire, however U.S. officers reportedly blocked the attempt.
Asked if Israel’s navy response has been disproportionate — as human rights officials have noted — Psaki typically answered delicately on Monday, ensuring her statements didn’t roil the connection between U.S. and Israeli officers.
At one level, she remarked to reporters about “the fear you see in the eyes of the Israeli people” experiencing the battle. When requested whether or not Israel’s violent assaults on Gaza have been an indication Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is changing into extra excessive, Psaki stated, “it’s not our role to assess or analyze politics on the ground in Israel.”
Still, Psaki stated the Biden administration believes a two-state resolution is the one approach for Israel and Palestine to achieve peace and that ending the current spate of violence is important to that occuring.
“It would require actions from Israel, it would require actions from Hamas to end the violence on the ground,” Psaki stated.
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