/ 03 June 2024

Other things President Biden has been involved in…

Joe Biden and Benjamin Netanyahu
Photo by Cameron Smith

On the war in Gaza, mediators are pushing Israel and Hamas to approve a ceasefire deal outlined by the American leader. It involves an initial 6-week truce, a partial withdrawal of Israeli troops, and the release of some hostages. Hamas said it views the proposal “positively”, but Israel has made it clear again that it isn’t interested in an end to the war that Hamas survives. The United Nations and mediators hope something will come of it. And in Ukraine, Biden’s approved the use of US-supplied weapons for “counter-fire purposes” around Kharkiv in northeast Ukraine, near the Russian border. It’s the first time Biden has allowed US weapons to be fired at forces inside Russia – and it’s the first time a US president has authorised attacks on targets inside a nuclear-armed adversary. So, it’s a pretty significant step… 

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