POTUS Implores Israel to Declare Cease-Fire in Gaza Conflict
President Joe Biden on Monday expressed his support for an immediate cease-fire in the escalating exchanging of violence in Gaza between Israel and Hamas, an organization that opposes the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands.
The White House explained a statement that while Biden reaffirmed his belief that Israel has the right to defend its interests against attacks, both sides involved with the conflict must find a way to stop the slaughter:
The President spoke today with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. The President reiterated his firm support for Israel’s right to defend itself against indiscriminate rocket attacks. The President welcomed efforts to address intercommunal violence and to bring calm to Jerusalem. He encouraged Israel to make every effort to ensure the protection of innocent civilians. The two leaders discussed progress in Israel’s military operations against Hamas and other terrorist groups in Gaza. The President expressed his support for a ceasefire and discussed U.S. engagement with Egypt and other partners towards that end. The two leaders agreed that they and their teams would remain in close touch.
The situation in Gaza is becoming bloodier by the day, primarily due to the Israeli Defense Force’s heavy bombardment of what it claims are Hamas-controlled targets.
“Israel says more than 3,000 rockets have been fired into the country over the past week,” the British Broadcasting Corporation reported on Monday. “The overall death toll in the territory now stands at 200, including 59 children and 35 women, with 1,305 injured, according to the Hamas-run health ministry. Israel says more than 130 militants are among the dead – but Hamas has not recognized this.”