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( – Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu discussed progress on the Israel-Hamas ceasefire.

On Thursday, President Joe Biden took to X to reveal that earlier in the day, he had spoken to Netanyahu about “ongoing efforts to finalize a deal” resulting in a “ceasefire” and the “release of hostages.” He noted the deal was something he outlined and the G7, UN Security Council, and “countries around the world” endorse.

At the end of May, Biden announced a three-part proposal to end the fighting between Israel and Hamas, which included Hamas releasing Israeli hostages.

On October 7, 2023, Hamas abducted 250 Israeli hostages and killed 1,200 more people when they attacked Israel.

The attack kicked off the war, which has resulted in the death of over 35,000 Palestinians. Israel has been attempting to eradicate Hamas and rescue its hostages in the battle that has been ongoing for nearly nine months.

Despite international — and domestic — outrage over Israel’s conduct, the Biden admin has stood by Israel, a longtime ally, and sent the nation billions in military assistance.

However, some Democrats want Biden to take a harder line with the Israeli Prime Minister over the nation’s conduct in the war.

Last month, the UN Security Council approved a U.S.-sponsored resolution calling for an immediate, temporary ceasefire. Although Israel has “accepted” the framework Biden outlined in May, Hamas still needs to accept this deal.

Following the Thursday morning conversation, Netanyahu also took to X to share Israel’s deep appreciation for America’s support over the past 9 months.

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