Biden expresses assist for Gaza ceasefire amid mounting strain

Facing rising strain from rights advocates and members of his personal Democratic Party, United States President Joe Biden has conveyed his assist for a ceasefire to finish violence within the Gaza Strip.

In an announcement on Monday, the White House stated Biden “expressed his support for a ceasefire and discussed US engagement with Egypt and other partners towards that end” in a cellphone name with Israeli caretaker Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“The President reiterated his firm support for Israel’s right to defend itself against indiscriminate rocket attacks,” the assertion learn.

A day earlier, Netanyahu had stated the Israeli navy offensive on Gaza would proceed “full force”;  Israeli air raids on the Gaza Strip since May 10 have killed greater than 212 folks, together with 61 kids, in response to Gaza’s Ministry of Health.

Tens of 1000’s of Palestinians have been displaced by Israeli bombings, which started on May 10 after rockets have been launched from Gaza in the direction of Israel.

Hamas, the Palestinian faction that governs the blockaded Palestinian territory, stated the rockets have been fired in retaliation for the compelled expulsions of Palestinians from occupied East Jerusalem and Israeli assaults on Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Biden “welcomed efforts to address intercommunal violence and to bring calm to Jerusalem” and “encouraged Israel to make every effort to ensure the protection of innocent civilians”, the White House readout of the decision with Netanyahu stated.

Since the combating erupted, Biden and his administration’s high officers have publicly supported Israel unequivocally, whereas insisting that they have been working by way of diplomatic and navy channels to attempt to de-escalate the violence.

But the US for a 3rd time blocked a UN assertion condemning Israel for its lethal navy offensive in Gaza – drawing widespread criticism.

US Army General Mark Milley warned on Monday of potential destabilisation past the Gaza Strip from continued combating. “It’s in no one’s interest to continue fighting,” Milley advised reporters shortly earlier than touchdown in Brussels for talks with NATO allies, the Reuters information company reported.

“My assessment is that you risk broader destabilisation, and you risk a whole series of negative consequences if the fighting continues,” Milley stated. “De-escalation is a smart course of action at this point for all parties concerned.”

Jordan’s King Abdullah, in a name with the United Nations’ Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday burdened the “international community must shoulder its responsibility and move effectively to stop the Israeli attacks and avoid their recurrence, as well as stop the aggression on Gaza”, the royal court docket stated in an announcement.

Al Jazeera’s John Hendren, reporting from Washington, DC, stated Biden had confronted criticism each from Republicans in addition to progressive members of the Democratic Party.

In an emotional speech on the House ground on May 13, Representative Rashida Tlaib, a Palestinian American, criticised Biden and different high administration officers for failing to acknowledge “Palestinian humanity” amid the Israeli air assaults.

“Those words are stronger than we would have heard in the past,” Hendren stated, about latest feedback from Tlaib and different progressive Democratic Representatives Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Meanwhile, a gaggle of 25 Democratic senators signed a public letter to Biden through the weekend calling for a right away ceasefire.

As the Palestinian loss of life toll continued to rise in Gaza on Monday, Democratic Senate Majority chief Chuck Schumer, who has historically been a staunch defender of Israel, additionally known as for a ceasefire.

“I want to see a ceasefire reach quickly and mourn the loss of life,” Schumer advised reporters on the US Capitol, saying he backed an earlier assertion by a number one Senate Democrat and Republican calling for a ceasefire.

“As a result of Hamas’ rocket attacks and Israel’s response, both sides must recognize that too many lives have been lost and must not escalate the conflict further,” learn the May 16 assertion by Senators Chris Murphy and Todd Young.

Hendren stated “what’s striking” is {that a} majority of Senate Democrats had signed on to the letter encouraging Biden to name for a ceasefire as quickly as attainable. “That’s an implied criticism from Democrats that he’s not doing enough,” he stated.

A person inspects the rubble of a destroyed business constructing and Gaza healthcare clinic following an Israeli air raid on the higher flooring of a business constructing near the Health Ministry in Gaza City, on Monday, May 17, 2021 [Adel Hana/AP Photo]

Phyllis Bennis, director of the New Internationalism Project on the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC, stated the Biden administration has been following within the footsteps of earlier presidents who supported Israel in instances of disaster.

“Washington consistently responds to Israeli assaults on Gaza, or Lebanon, with refusing to allow the UN to push for an immediate ceasefire … and sending additional weapons to bolster Israel’s existing US-supplied arsenal,” Bennis advised Al Jazeera in an e mail on Monday.


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