US Distances Itself From Demands For Israel-Hamas Cease-Fire

President Joe Biden speaks about distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, in the East Room of the White House, Monday, May 17, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The Biden administration is distancing itself from urgent world calls for an immediate cease-fire between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers.

On Monday, the United States, Israel’s top ally, blocked for the third time what would have been a unanimous statement by the 15-nation U.N. Security Council expressing “grave concern” over the intensifying Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the loss of civilian lives.

Fighting entered a second week, with more than 200 people dead, most of them Palestinians in Gaza. The U.S. administration says it is focusing on “quiet, intensive diplomacy”


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