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Biden Under Mounting Pressure To Steer Israel In Different Direction

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A group of moderate House Democrats with national security backgrounds has urged President Joe Biden to pressure Israel to shift its military strategy in Gaza, citing the rising civilian death toll and humanitarian crisis.

They expressed concern that the current campaign may fail to eradicate Hamas and could exacerbate the situation.

Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken expects Israel to transition to a more targeted operation, decreasing harm to civilians. (Trending: Judge Announces Historic Ruling In Jeffrey Epstein Case)

The Democrats pressed that the Gazan death counts and humanitarian disaster are “unacceptable, not in line with American interests, nor do they advance the cause of security for our ally Israel.”

“We also believe it jeopardizes efforts to destroy the terrorist organization Hamas and secure the release of all hostages.”

“We know from personal and often painful experience that you can’t destroy a terror ideology with military force alone. And it can, in fact, make it worse,” they wrote.

“Accordingly, we urge you to continue to use all our leverage to achieve an immediate and significant shift of military strategy and tactics in Gaza.”

“It’s clear that the conflict will move and needs to move to a lower-intensity phase,” U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said.

“I hope we can get to a good place,” Blinken said.

Pressure is mounting for another cease-fire and discussions about a pause in fighting, including a potential prisoner swap, are ongoing.

Additionally, the Biden administration is reportedly working to stifle international efforts for accountability in Gaza.

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