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Netanyahu rejects Biden’s plea for Gaza cease-fire

An Israeli artillery unit fires shells toward targets in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday. Associated Press/Photo by Tsafrir Abayov

Netanyahu rejects Biden’s plea for Gaza cease-fire

Israel has carried out hundreds of airstrikes in Gaza, and the Islamic militant group Hamas has fired more than 3,700 rockets at Israeli cities since May 10. On Wednesday, U.S. President Joe Biden told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the phone that he expected a significant de-escalation on the path to a cease-fire. But Netanyahu said he has no intention of backing down.

How did the fighting start? Earlier in the month, tension between Israelis and Palestinians escalated because of a court battle over ownership of a housing block in East Jerusalem just outside the walls of the Old City. At the same time, Israeli police in East Jerusalem set up barriers to block nightly gatherings of Arab Muslims during Ramadan. Protests and confrontations turned to riots, and Hamas started launching rockets on May 10.

Dig deeper: Listen to Mary Reichard discuss the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with expert Jonathan Schanzer on The World and Everything in It podcast.

Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri–St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kan.



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Will President Biden cut off funding for Hamas who started firing rockets into Israel?

Unless he does that there will be doubts about whether he really wants there to be peace.

On a side note, with Palestinians allegedly being poor, where did the get the money to get all those rockets?


Hamas gets their supplies from Iran. We supply Iran with money, and probably military supplies courtesy of Ihan and her crew.