In Phone Call with Israeli PM, Biden Urges Ceasefire But Won’t Demand One

HeadlineMay 18, 2021

The White House said President Biden expressed his support for a ceasefire during a phone call Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanayhu — but Biden did not directly demand Israel halt its assault. Biden faces pressure from over two dozen Democratic senators who are calling for a ceasefire.

Meanwhile, Minnesota Democratic Congressmember Ilhan Omar is demanding the Biden administration halt a planned arms sale to Israel, writing, “It would be appalling for the Biden administration to go through with $735 million in precision-guided weaponry to Netanyahu without any strings attached in the wake of escalating violence and attacks on civilians.”

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