Biden Wants a Significant De-escalation of Tensions in Gaza

In a phone conversation with the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday, US President Joe Biden said that he really expects a serious and immediate deescalation of the tensions in the Gaza Strip, that would pave the way to a cease-fire deal, the White House informed.

The phone call was fourth in a row after the tensions between Hamas and Israel escalated very quickly, CNBC informed.

According to Palestinians authorities, Israel’s airstrikes on Gaza caused 219 deaths. On the other side, Israel reported 3,400 rockets launched by the Hamas which devastated Israeli towns, and killed at least 12 people.

The battles are the worst ones since 2014 war between Hamas and Israel. The EU also used its position to urge all sides for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.

The escalation of the fighting occurred after Palestinians who live in east Jerusalem got eviction notices from the Supreme Court of Israel. This led to protests which quickly escalated on May 7, when Palestinians started stoning the Israeli security forces near the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Karine Jean-Pierre, the White House principal deputy press secretary that US hold over 60 calls with Israeli leaders, authorities in Palestine, as well as others in the region. She recalled that this is not some news and it has been done for a long time, saying that Biden is sure that he is on the right path to put an end on the tensions and violent behaviors and curb all sufferings of the Israeli and Palestinian people.

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