Sources say Biden encourages Israel to end bombings

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden and his officials have encouraged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other senior Israeli officials to halt the bombing of Gaza, a person familiar with the discussions said Tuesday, as the number of deaths of Israelis and Palestinians and pressure is mounting on Biden to take stronger action to stop the fighting.

Senior officials in the Biden government stressed to Israelis on Monday and Tuesday that time is not on their side in terms of international objections after nine days of Israeli airstrikes and Hamas rockets., and that it is in their best interest to cease operations, said the official who spoke on condition of anonymity in order to reveal private conversations.

The version shows that Biden government officials have used more private channels to communicate with Netanyahu than had previously been revealed. A White House transcript of a phone conversation Monday between Biden and Netanyahu noted that Biden expressed support for a ceasefire without mentioning any calls from the United States to Israel to end the fighting.

At least 213 Palestinians and 12 people in Israel have died during the clashes, which have also tested Biden’s reluctance to publicly criticize well as the determination of his government not to bog down its foreign policy focus on trouble spots in the Middle East.

So far, the White House has resisted calls for increased public pressure on Netanyahu and has calculated that the Israelis will not respond to international resolutions or demands. US public officials and that Washington’s greatest influence is pressure outside the spotlight, according to the person familiar with the US government discussions.

The source noted that the Israelis have hinted at the possibility your campaign is over in a matter of days.

Attempts to pressure US ally Israel to seek an end to the military campaign in Gaza occur amid division among House Democrats on whether to step up pressure for a ceasefire or demand stronger diplomatic efforts from the United States to end the fighting.

Democrats on the House Foreign Affairs Committee weighed, and shortly after they ruled out the possibility of writing to Biden to request that he postpone a pending sale of precision guided missiles to Israel for 735 million dollars.

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