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The visit comes as Israel faces increasing international pressure to defuse hostilities after 10 days of heavy fighting between Israelis and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.
JERUSALEM – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he is “determined to continue this operation until its objective is achieved”, despite US President Joe Biden’s call for a de-escalation of hostilities in Gaza.
In a statement from his office on Wednesday, Netanyahu said he “greatly appreciates the support of the US president,” but said Israel will move forward “to restore calm and security to you, citizens of Israel. “.
Earlier, Biden called for a “significant de-escalation” by the end of Netanyahu’s day after 10 days of heavy fighting between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.
CAIRO – An Egyptian diplomat said some of the country’s top officials are awaiting Israel’s response to a ceasefire offer and awaiting amendments to their proposal.
He says they are hopeful that France’s growing efforts could prompt the United States to exert its influence over Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to agree to end the fighting as soon as possible.
He added that if that did not happen, there were talks between Arab and Islamic nations, as well as China, to bring the matter to the United Nations General Assembly in an effort to bypass the Security Council and the veto power of the United States in this country.