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Biden Tells Netanyahu He Supports Cease-Fire in Gaza Pivot

  • Two leaders discuss crisis that has claimed at least 222 lives
  • U.S. had resisted efforts to publicly seek a cease-fire
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WATCH: President Joe Biden told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a phone call that the U.S. supports an immediate ceasefire. (Source: Bloomberg)
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President Joe Biden told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu he’d support a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas after days of calling for calm but not publicly seeking an end to the conflict, a shift in the U.S. approach to the crisis following days of rising criticism.

“The president expressed his support for a cease-fire and discussed U.S. engagement with Egypt and other partners towards that end,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement, describing Biden’s call with Netanyahu on Monday.