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Palestine News Time : Tensions are easing: US President's phone call to Israel,

 Palestine News Time: Tensions are easing: US President's phone call to Israel,

Israel, Palestinians: Middle East violence won't ... - USA Today, US President Joe Biden has urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to reduce tensions and move towards a ceasefire in the Gaza conflict.

A White House spokesman said Wednesday that the US president had asked the Israeli prime minister to reduce tensions over the phone, according to Reuters.

The Israeli prime minister had earlier said he could set a timetable for a ceasefire.

Airstrikes and Protests Escalate as the U.S. Steps Up Mediation, The Israeli air force continues to attack Palestine, while Hamas militants in power in Gaza have launched a new round of cross-border rocket fire.

Egypt's security forces say the two sides have agreed in principle to a ceasefire with the help of mediators, but details are still being worked out and are being kept secret to prevent the talks from failing. No deal is denied.

Biden Calls on Israel and Palestinian Leaders to Protect, Palestinian health officials say 223 people have been killed in airstrikes since the fighting began on May 10. The bombing destroyed roads, buildings, and other infrastructure, bringing the already dire humanitarian crisis in Gaza to a catastrophic level.

According to Israeli officials, "Rocket attacks in Israel have resulted in 12 deaths while stampedes and civilians fleeing to safety." Local and US diplomatic efforts to end the ceasefire have intensified, however. They have not succeeded yet.

Biden's bungled response on the Israeli-Palestinian conflictIsraeli Prime Minister Netanyahu praised US support, saying "Israel's biggest ally has assured us that it has a right to defend itself against rocket attacks from Gaza."

However, in a telephone call, President Biden told Netanyahu that "the time has come for Israel to reduce tensions in order to reduce the intensity of the conflict, which has resulted in civilian casualties on both sides."

Biden Takes Muted Approach To Violence In Israel And ... - NPR, According to a White House spokesman, "the two leaders discussed in detail the developments in Gaza, Israel's progress in reducing the capabilities of Hamas and other terrorist elements, and the diplomatic efforts of the US and regional governments."

According to the spokesman, President Biden told Prime Minister Netanyahu that he expected clear progress today in easing tensions that would lead to a ceasefire.

Israel has not yet commented on the White House statement.

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