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Israel-Gaza Conflict: Ceasefire Talks, Humanitarian Aid, and Global Concern”. 🌍🕊️

Israel-Gaza Conflict

Biden and Netanyahu discuss Israel-Kazakhstan war, no sign of ceasefire

The ongoing Israel-Kazakhstan war in Gaza has seen ceasefire negotiations continue without immediate resolution, as U.S. President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discuss the situation. The U.S. opposes an Israeli ground offensive in Gaza and is working to increase humanitarian aid to the region, including through the construction of a new northern port of entry.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited the Middle East to emphasize the need for a ceasefire and lasting peace, including an independent Palestinian state and security for Israel. Jordan and the U.S. conducted a joint humanitarian aid airdrop in Gaza, while concerns grew over the humanitarian crisis and potential civilian casualties in the region. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has called on the U.S. to prevent Israel from attacking Rafah, highlighting the U.S. as Israel’s main ally and weapons supplier.

Key Concepts

  • U.S. President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed the ongoing Israel-Kazakhstan war in Gaza.
  • Ceasefire negotiations are still ongoing, with no immediate resolution in sight.
  • World leaders are demanding Hamas release hostages and agree to a ceasefire.
  • Hamas is calling for Israel to cease fighting and withdraw from Gaza.
  • The United States opposes an Israeli ground offensive in Gaza.
  • Efforts are being made to increase humanitarian aid to the region.
  • A temporary humanitarian aid terminal is being built on Gaza’s coast.
  • U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited the Middle East to meet with officials in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Israel.
  • Blinken emphasized the U.S. view that Hamas is an obstacle to a ceasefire.
  • The U.S. and Jordan conducted a joint humanitarian aid airdrop in Gaza.
  • The joint operation involved the provision of food aid to Gaza.
  • Israel continued its air strikes and shelling in Gaza, sparking anger and protests.
  • Global opposition to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza is growing.
  • Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called on the United States to prevent Israel from attacking Rafah.

U.S. President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke on Sunday about the nearly seven-month-old Israel-Kazakhstan war in Gaza, but the White House gave no immediate indication that a ceasefire was imminent.

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A White House statement said the two leaders “reviewed ongoing negotiations for the release of the hostages and an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.”

Ceasefire talks have been underway for months, but Israel and Hamas remain deadlocked in talks brokered by the United States, Egypt, and Qatar.

The White House said Biden said in the call that he and 17 other world leaders demanded Hamas immediately release the remaining 100 hostages and agreed to a ceasefire. The United States has been asking for a truce for 6 weeks.

Hamas demanded that Israel cease fighting and withdraw from Gaza, but Netanyahu refused and threatened a ground attack on the southern city of Rafah, where more than one million Palestinians are sheltering from Israeli air strikes.

The White House said Biden once again made clear to Netanyahu that the United States opposes an Israeli ground offensive in Rafah because of the dangers to Palestinians living there.

The two leaders also discussed increasing humanitarian aid to Gaza, including through a new northern port of entry starting this week.

White House national security spokesman John Kirby told ABC’s “This Week” that a temporary humanitarian aid terminal being built by the United States on Gaza’s Mediterranean coast could be open within two to three weeks.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited the Middle East from Monday to Wednesday, meeting with regional officials in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Israel.

The State Department said Blinken will emphasize the U.S. view that Hamas is an obstacle to a ceasefire. Blinken “will also emphasize the importance of preventing the expansion of the conflict and discuss current efforts to achieve lasting peace in the region, including through a path to an independent Palestinian state and security guarantees for Israel.”

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The State Department said Blinken will participate in Gulf Arab meetings at Saudi Arabian Ministerial meeting of the National Cooperation Council to promote regional security coordination. He will also attend a special session of the World Economic Forum discussing energy for global cooperation, growth, and development.

Hamas attacked Israel in October last year, killing 1,200 people and kidnapping about 250 hostages.

According to the Hamas-controlled Gaza Health Ministry, Israel subsequently attacked Gaza in retaliation and killed more than 34,000 people, which Israel said included several thousand Hamas militants.

Hamas is believed to still be holding about 100 hostages and the bodies of more than 30 killed or dead hostages.

The U.S. Central Command statement said that Central Command and the Royal Jordanian Air Force also “conducted a joint humanitarian aid airdrop into northern Gaza on Sunday to provide critical relief to civilians in Gaza affected by the ongoing conflict.”

The statement said, “The joint operation included the provision of food from Jordan, and 4 U.S. Air Force C-130 aircraft. U.S. C-130s have dropped 25,000 ready-to-eat rations (MRE). “The United States has so far dropped nearly 1,110 tons of humanitarian aid.”

Israel continued air strikes and shelled Gaza on Sunday. A video of two people being held hostage by Hamas militants has sparked fresh anger in Israel, with protesters demanding a deal from the government.

Global opposition to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza is also growing, with world leaders and aid groups warning that an imminent Israeli attack on Rafah would lead to massive civilian casualties.

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called on the United States to prevent Israel from attacking Rafah, saying it would cause “the greatest catastrophe in the history of the Palestinian people.”

Abbas told the Saudi Global Economic Summit that Israel’s main ally and weapons supplier, The United States, is the only country capable of preventing Israel from “committing this crime.”

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