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Urgent Need for a Pause in Israel-Hamas War



In the midst of a complicated and dynamic Middle East situation, the US has declared its support for an important halt to Israel's military campaign in Gaza. In order to deliver humanitarian relief and enable the safe release of captives, this pause is required.


Leading these diplomatic efforts is Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who encouraged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to consent to a series of short cessations while in Israel.


Speaking to reporters on his second trip to the Middle East in less than a month, Blinken stressed that talks will cover both the immediate crisis and Gaza's future. It is vital to consider what would happen to the region if and when Hamas is eliminated from it. Making sure the ongoing violence doesn't spread and unleash even more destruction and instability is equally crucial.


The top US ambassador emphasized that while Israel has the right to self-defense, the US and Israel also have a mutual obligation to shield civilians who are in danger.


The need for this break is evident since President Joe Biden has stated that he is in favor of a brief stop to hostilities so that more humanitarian supplies can go to Gaza. It takes multiple pauses to allow for the delivery of vital relief and to guarantee that there is no single, transient truce.


This choice serves as a stark reminder of the enormous difficulties President Biden has encountered since the October 7 Hamas onslaught, which claimed numerous Israeli lives and resulted in the kidnapping of hundreds of hostages.


In response, the US sent two aircraft carriers to the eastern Mediterranean and increased aid and armaments to Israel. The purpose of this deployment was to prevent any regional crisis from escalating that would involve Hezbollah in Lebanon.


The United States and other Western countries have historically supported Israel vigorously. But the US administration's tone and priorities have changed as the number of civilian deaths has increased and the humanitarian situation in Gaza has gotten worse. Although Washington continues to support Israel, calls for a pause in the conflict have become necessary due to the growing number of civilian casualties and the dire situation in Gaza.


President Biden's efforts to preserve aid for Ukraine while securing new military funds for Israel have exacerbated the situation in addition to the humanitarian concerns. Recently, the House of Representatives passed a plan that would give Israel $14.3 billion in aid alone, independent of any aid given to Ukraine.


President Biden had argued in favor of connecting the two problems, emphasizing how crucial it is to uphold democracy in both countries. The Senate, where senators are drafting their own legislation linking financing for Israel and Ukraine, is likely to follow the House's lead in passing the bill.

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