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The US Withdraws From Calls For A Cease-fire Between Israel And Hamas.
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The US Withdraws From Calls For A Cease-fire Between Israel And Hamas.


The Biden administration distanced itself Monday from growing Democratic and other calls for an immediate cease-fire between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers, as fighting entered its second week, killing more than 200 people, the vast majority of whom were Palestinians in Gaza.

The United States, Israel's closest ally, also blocked for the third time a unanimous statement by the 15-member United Nations Security Council expressing "grave concern" about the escalating Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the loss of civilian lives. The final U.S. rejection Monday effectively killed the Security Council statement, at least for the time being.

Instead, according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki and national security adviser Jake Sullivan, the US is focusing on "quiet, intensive diplomacy."

Instead, according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki and national security adviser Jake Sullivan, the US is focusing on "quiet, intensive diplomacy.".” As missile and rocket exchanges between Israel and Hamas reached their highest levels since 2014 and international outrage grew, the Biden administration — determined to wrest control of the U.S.

Instead, according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki and national security adviser Jake Sullivan, the US is focusing on "quiet, intensive diplomacy.".” As missile and rocket exchanges between Israel and Hamas reached their highest levels since 2014 and international outrage grew, the Biden administration — determined to wrest control of the U.S..a formalized paraphrase

Instead, according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki and national security adviser Jake Sullivan, the US is focusing on "quiet, intensive diplomacy.".” As missile and rocket exchanges between Israel and Hamas reached their highest levels since 2014 and international outrage grew, the Biden administration — determined to wrest control of the U.S..a formalized paraphrase.Foreign policy focus away from the Middle East and Afghanistan — has declined so far to criticize Israel's role in the fighting, send a top-level envoy to the region, or publicly press Israel to end its latest military operation in the densely populated Gaza Strip, as some previous U.S. administrations have done.

Instead, according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki and national security adviser Jake Sullivan, the US is focusing on "quiet, intensive diplomacy.".” As missile and rocket exchanges between Israel and Hamas reached their highest levels since 2014 and international outrage grew, the Biden administration — determined to wrest control of the U.S..a formalized paraphrase.Foreign policy focus away from the Middle East and Afghanistan — has declined so far to criticize Israel's role in the fighting, send a top-level envoy to the region, or publicly press Israel to end its latest military operation in the densely populated Gaza Strip, as some previous U.S. administrations have done..a formalized paraphrase

Instead, according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki and national security adviser Jake Sullivan, the US is focusing on "quiet, intensive diplomacy.".” As missile and rocket exchanges between Israel and Hamas reached their highest levels since 2014 and international outrage grew, the Biden administration — determined to wrest control of the U.S..a formalized paraphrase.Foreign policy focus away from the Middle East and Afghanistan — has declined so far to criticize Israel's role in the fighting, send a top-level envoy to the region, or publicly press Israel to end its latest military operation in the densely populated Gaza Strip, as some previous U.S. administrations have done..a formalized paraphrase.administrations have taken action

Instead, according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki and national security adviser Jake Sullivan, the US is focusing on "quiet, intensive diplomacy.".” As missile and rocket exchanges between Israel and Hamas reached their highest levels since 2014 and international outrage grew, the Biden administration — determined to wrest control of the U.S..a formalized paraphrase.Foreign policy focus away from the Middle East and Afghanistan — has declined so far to criticize Israel's role in the fighting, send a top-level envoy to the region, or publicly press Israel to end its latest military operation in the densely populated Gaza Strip, as some previous U.S. administrations have done..a formalized paraphrase.administrations have taken action.So far, no progress has been made despite appeals from other countries.

Instead, according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki and national security adviser Jake Sullivan, the US is focusing on "quiet, intensive diplomacy.".” As missile and rocket exchanges between Israel and Hamas reached their highest levels since 2014 and international outrage grew, the Biden administration — determined to wrest control of the U.S..a formalized paraphrase.Foreign policy focus away from the Middle East and Afghanistan — has declined so far to criticize Israel's role in the fighting, send a top-level envoy to the region, or publicly press Israel to end its latest military operation in the densely populated Gaza Strip, as some previous U.S. administrations have done..a formalized paraphrase.administrations have taken action.So far, no progress has been made despite appeals from other countries..

The administration's publicly tempered response comes despite calls from Security Council partners, some Democrats, and others for President Joe Biden's and other international leaders to delve deeper into diplomacy to end the worst Israeli-Palestinian violence in years and resurrect long-collapsed mediation for genuine peace in the region.

Speaking in Copenhagen, where he was on an unrelated tour of Nordic countries, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken listed other, quieter U.S. outreach efforts to de-escalate hostilities in Gaza and Israel, and said he would make more calls Monday.

“In all of these engagements, we have made it clear that we are willing to lend our support and good offices to the parties if they seek a cease-fire,” Blinken said.

He praised the United Nations, Egypt, and other countries for their efforts to reach a cease-fire agreement.

“Any diplomatic initiative that advances that prospect is something that we will support,” he said, “and we are once again willing and ready to do so,” he added, “but ultimately it is up to the parties to make it clear that they want to pursue a cease-fire.”

Pulling back from Middle East diplomacy to focus on other policy priorities, such as Biden's emphasis on dealing with China's rise, carries political risk for the administration, including the risk of being blamed when violence flares as the US withdraws from conflict zones in the Middle East and Afghanistan.

According to the Gaza Health Ministry, at least 200 Palestinians have been killed in the strikes, including 59 children and 35 women, with 1,300 people injured; eight Israelis have been killed in rocket attacks launched from Gaza, including a 5-year-old boy and a soldier.

Blinken also stated that he had asked Israel for proof that Hamas was operating in a Gaza office building that housed The Associated Press and Al Jazeera news bureaus and was destroyed in an Israeli airstrike over the weekend, but that he had "not seen any information provided."

Blinken's remarks came after U.N. Security Council diplomats and Muslim foreign ministers convened for an emergency weekend meeting to demand an end to civilian casualties, as Israeli warplanes carried out the deadliest single attack in the week of fighting on Sunday.

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Biden's ambassador to the UN, told an emergency high-level Security Council meeting on Sunday that the US was "working tirelessly through diplomatic channels" to end the fighting.

She warned that returning to armed conflict would only push a negotiated two-state solution to the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict even further away.

However, the United States blocked moves in the Security Council by China, Norway, and Tunisia for a Security Council statement, including a call for a cessation of hostilities. The proposed statement called for an end to “the Gaza crisis” and the protection of civilians, particularly children.

Hady Amr, a deputy assistant sent by Blinken to de-escalate the crisis, met with officials in Israel, but Blinken has no plans to stop in the Middle East on his current trip.

Rep. Adam Schiff, the Democratic chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, urged Biden on Sunday to increase pressure on both sides to end the fighting and restart negotiations to resolve Israel's conflicts and flashpoints with the Palestinians.



“I think the administration needs to press Israel and the Palestinian Authority harder to stop the violence, bring about a cease-fire, end these hostilities, and get back to the process of trying to resolve this long-standing conflict,” Schiff, a California Democrat, told CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

Sen. Todd Young of Indiana, the senior Republican on the Foreign Relations subcommittee for the region, joined Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy, the subcommittee chairman, in urging both sides to cease fire. Separately, Sen. Jon Ossoff of Georgia joined 26 other Democratic senators and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent, in urging an immediate cease-fire to prevent further civilian casualties.

In a call with Netanyahu on Saturday, Biden focused on civilian deaths from Hamas rockets, and a White House readout of the call made no mention of the US urging Israel to join a regionally pushed cease-fire. Thomas-Greenfield said US diplomats were engaging with Israel, Egypt, and Qatar, as well as the United Nations.

In a televised address Sunday, Netanyahu told Israelis that Israel “wants to levy a heavy price” on Hamas, but that it will “take time,” implying that the war will continue for the time being.

Representatives from Muslim countries met on Sunday to demand that Israel halt its attacks on Palestinian civilians in Gaza.

Returning to Palestinian rocket fire and Israeli airstrikes in the fourth such war between Israel and Hamas, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said at a virtual Security Council meeting, “only perpetuates the cycles of death, destruction, and despair, and pushes any hopes of coexistence and peace further to the horizon.”

At the Security Council meeting, eight foreign ministers spoke, reflecting the gravity of the conflict, with nearly all urging an end to the fighting.

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Knickmeyer contributed reporting from Oklahoma City, Lee from Copenhagen, Denmark, and Lederer from New York, with help from Associated Press writers Jon Gambrell in Dubai and Lisa Mascaro in Washington.

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