Biden Hints at Imminent Ceasefire in Israel-Hamas Conflict

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Biden Hints at Imminent Ceasefire in Israel-Hamas Conflict

President Joe Biden has hinted at the possibility of an imminent ceasefire in the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. Speaking at a campaign event in New York City, Biden indicated that the fighting could cease as early as this weekend.

Biden's comments came in response to a reporter's question about the status of ceasefire negotiations. He expressed optimism, saying, "I hope by the end of the weekend." Biden also revealed that his national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, had informed him that "we're close."

The statement follows increasing pressure on the Biden administration to broker a ceasefire amid the ongoing conflict and escalating civilian casualties. The U.S. has proposed a United Nations resolution calling for a ceasefire in Gaza, marking a shift in its stance on the conflict.

However, Biden's pro-Israel stance has drawn criticism, with some calling for a slowdown in weapon deliveries to Israel as a way to influence its military operations in Gaza. The president has also reportedly expressed private dissatisfaction with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's tactics.

The administration's ability to negotiate a ceasefire could have significant implications both domestically and internationally as the conflict continues to escalate.