/ 19 May 2021

Biden gets behind ceasefire calls

After stopping short of joining international calls for a ceasefire between Israel and Gaza’s militant rulers Hamas over the weekend, US President Joe Biden changed his tune yesterday. Following his 2nd phone call in 3 days with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, the White House released a statement expressing his “support” for a ceasefire. It’s far from clear whether a ceasefire will eventuate as both sides continue to ramp up attacks. Yesterday there were violent clashes in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank as Palestinians took part in a day of protests and strikes as airstrikes from both Israel and Gaza continued. Since Monday last week, 213 Palestinians and 12 people have died in Israel. The UN Security Council is meeting this morning for a 4th emergency session.

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