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White House pushing ceasefire but recognizes sides not there yet — source

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent based in New York

US President Joe Biden arrives to speak about the economy, in the East Room of the White House on May 10, 2021, in Washington. (AP/Evan Vucci)
US President Joe Biden arrives to speak about the economy, in the East Room of the White House on May 10, 2021, in Washington. (AP/Evan Vucci)

While the Biden administration has been pushing for de-escalation in the Gaza-Israel violence, it recognizes that a ceasefire in the next couple of days is unlikely, a source familiar with the matter tells The Times of Israel.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke yesterday with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, but there is a recognition on the secretary’s part that Ramallah’s influence is limited at this point, given that the rocket fire is coming from political rival Hamas in Gaza, the source says.

The Biden administration has been in touch with Qatar hoping the Gulf kingdom that provides significant humanitarian aid to Gaza would be able to pressure the terror group into agreeing to a ceasefire, the source adds.

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