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Biden Expresses Hope for Ceasefire Deal in Gaza


By Grace Chigbu


U.S. President Joe Biden has expressed optimism regarding ongoing negotiations aimed at achieving a ceasefire in Gaza. Speaking to reporters in New York City on Monday, Biden indicated his hope that negotiators would reach a deal to pause Israel’s military operations in the region within the week.


Reports suggest that the potential ceasefire agreement would involve the release of some hostages currently held by Hamas, the militant group governing Gaza. Biden’s impromptu update on the negotiations came during his visit to New York City, where he had just concluded filming a segment for NBC’s Late Night With Seth Meyers.


Negotiations have been actively underway, with Israeli officials reportedly tentatively agreeing to terms that would lead to a six-week pause in fighting in exchange for the release of approximately 40 hostages. Mediators from Qatar, the United States, and Egypt are facilitating discussions between Israeli officials and Hamas representatives.


During a stop at an ice-cream shop in New York City, Biden expressed his hope for progress in the negotiations, stating, “My national security adviser tells me that we’re close. We’re close. We’re not done yet. My hope is by next Monday, we’ll have a ceasefire.”


The conflict between Israel and Hamas has resulted in significant casualties and displacement since it erupted in October. Israeli authorities report approximately 1,200 deaths and an estimated 250 hostages taken by Hamas. In response, Israel launched a large-scale offensive in Gaza, leading to further casualties and displacement.


International pressure for a ceasefire has intensified, with mounting calls for an end to the violence and civilian suffering. Despite ongoing criticism, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has emphasized his government’s commitment to combating Hamas and ensuring Israeli security.


While the U.S. continues to support Israel, Biden has urged restraint to minimize civilian casualties. However, his approach has faced criticism for perceived inadequacy in addressing the escalating crisis.


As negotiations progress, hopes for a ceasefire remain high, with Biden’s remarks underscoring the urgency of reaching a resolution to end the violence and restore stability to the region.


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