White House: Biden tells Netanyahu he expects “a significant de-escalation today on the path to a ceasefire”

U.S. President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Wednesday spoke with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and told him that he expects “a significant de-escalation today on the path to a ceasefire,” the White House said.

“The two leaders had a detailed discussion on the state of events in Gaza, Israel’s progress in degrading the capabilities of Hamas and other terrorist elements, and ongoing diplomatic efforts by regional governments and the United States. The President conveyed to the Prime Minister that he expected a significant de-escalation today on the path to a ceasefire,” the White House said.

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has continued to claim many lives especially on the Palestinian side. It’s not the first time President Biden has called for a ceasefire, but it was the most direct and forceful way he has conveyed his expectations.

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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