According to Israeli media
reports, the Israeli security cabinet agreed to a cease-fire with the Palestinian militant group Hamas
on Thursday, putting an end to their worst conflict since 2014.
On May 10, following an Israeli crackdown on Palestinians
during the Muslim
holy month of Ramadan, Hamas began launching rockets into Israel. Israel responded with airstrikes
, the crowded and isolated territory ruled by Hamas, killing dozens of civilians, including more than 60 children
, and destroying critical infrastructure
such as medical facilities.
The United States, which has a vested interest in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
due to its strong support for Israel, has pushed for peace talks to end the fighting.
However, in repeated phone calls with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
, President Joe Biden
did not mention a cease-fire until a week into the conflict, while leaders in his party, including Senate
Majority Leader Chuck Schumer
(D-NY) and House
Speaker Nancy Pelosi
(D-CA), demanded an immediate halt.
Critics of the Biden administration
, including many of the president's allies, argue that their team should have recognized the risk of a dramatic escalation sooner and used American leverage sooner; instead, the US doubled down on demonstrating support for Israel, blocking UN criticism and announcing a new $735 million weapons sale to the country.
Please return for updates as this is a developing story.