Biden Asks Netanyahu to Pause Gaza Operation

Wednesday, 8 November 2023

US President Joe Biden said that he had asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for a pause in hostilities in the Gaza Strip during a telephone conversation on Monday.

As reported by Reuters, a White House official has said that during Biden's conversation with Netanyahu on Monday, the two leaders discussed the possibility of "tactical pauses" in the fighting in the Gaza Strip for humanitarian reasons, as well as the possible release of hostages.

At the same time, US Vice President Kamala Harris, in a conversation with Israeli President Isaac Herzog on Tuesday, emphasised the importance of protecting the lives of civilians in the Gaza Strip and respecting international humanitarian law.

Previously, the United States rejected Iran's claims that US officials had sent messages to Tehran to seek a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, where Israel is conducting a military operation against the Hamas militant group.

Earlier, the US Secretary of State disagreed with calls by Jordan and Egypt to persuade Israel to cease fire in the Gaza Strip.

During his visit to Israel, Blinken said that the US recognises Israel's full right to defend itself, but how it does so matters and civilians in Gaza must be protected.

Media reports indicated that the United States expects Israel to change its tactics against Hamas in the coming days, reducing the scale of air attacks and focusing on tactical ground operations.

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