Biden Pushes for Gaza Cease-Fire Amid Stalemate: Israel and Hamas Weigh Options

In a concentrated diplomatic effort, Biden's administration urges Israel and Hamas to agree on a proposed cease-fire. Despite intense pressure and outlined terms, both parties have yet to agree, posing a significant test for U.S. diplomacy. Key Biden officials are continuously engaging international allies and stakeholders to advance the cease-fire proposal.

PTI | Washington DC | Updated: 08-06-2024 04:59 IST | Created: 08-06-2024 04:59 IST
Biden Pushes for Gaza Cease-Fire Amid Stalemate: Israel and Hamas Weigh Options
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In the heart of the Middle East, at the forefront of the United Nations, and from the corridors of the White House, President Biden's administration is orchestrating its most concerted diplomatic effort in the eight-month-old Gaza conflict. The aim: persuade Israeli and Hamas leaders to adopt a cease-fire deal that will halt hostilities and secure the release of hostages.

Despite the relentless U.S. campaign, there are still no definitive signs that President Biden's cease-fire appeal, launched on May 31, is influencing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu or Hamas leaders towards a breakthrough in negotiations. Both factions remain firmly entrenched in their respective goals, with Israel aiming for the total suppression of Hamas and Hamas demanding complete Israeli withdrawal from Gaza.

This impasse forms a crucial test for Biden's foreign policy, as the U.S. continues to exert pressure on both sides. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, CIA director Bill Burns, and other top officials are engaged in a diplomatic blitz, rallying support for the cease-fire across the globe. Yet the question remains: can the U.S. sway Israel and Hamas to end the bloodshed?

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