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The Daily Brief: Biden Calls for De-Escalation, Netanyahu States He’s “Determined to Carry On” as Violence Increases in Israel

Biden Calls for De-Escalation, Netanyahu States He’s “Determined to Carry On” as Violence Increases in Israel

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  • President Joe Biden has called on Israel for “a significant de-escalation” following the country’s continued air attacks into the Palestinian dominated eastern coast of Gaza.
  • The United States had remained a major supplier of missiles and airstrikes to Israel despite large pushback from many officials, as Biden previously claimed that “Israel has a right to defend itself” despite the United Nations warning of a full scale war.
  • The White House released a statement after Biden’s fourth call with Israli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in which “The president conveyed to the prime minister that he expected a significant de-escalation today on the path to a ceasefire.”
  • Since then, Netanyahu responded stating he was “determined to carry on” until “calm and security are restored to Israli citizens.”
  • According to Gaza’s health ministry, over 220 people caught in the crossfire have been killed, including many women and children. 
  • Despite Netanyahu’s claims, Hamas senior official Moussa Abu Marzouk has stated that he expects “a ceasefire to be reached within a day or two, and the ceasefire will be on the basis of mutual agreement.”
  • However, Israel continued fighting, sending over a dozen air attacks through Wednesday evening and early Thursday morning. According to Gaza’s health ministry, over 220 people caught in the crossfire have been killed, including many women and children. 
  • The United Nations General Assembly has called for a meeting on Thursday after the Security Council failed to produce ceasefire statements after United States opposition. 
  • France, backed by China, claimed to be working with Egypt and Jordan for a ceasefire proposal to help lower tensions.

Sources

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-57168051

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-palestinians/hamas-official-predicts-ceasefire-soon-but-israel-gaza-fight-goes-on-idUSKCN2D02RL

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/5/19/ceasefire-elusive-as-israel-continues-to-pound-gaza-live


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