Biden, Netanyahu discuss Gaza ceasefire efforts: White House

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US President Joe Biden and Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed in a call in Thursday efforts to finalize a deal for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas and a release of hostages held by Hamas, the White House said.

The two leaders also discussed the recent response received from Hamas, the White House said. They also welcomed a meeting to take place on July 15 between the US and Israeli national security teams, it said.

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Netanyahu is due to confer with his own team about proposals from Hamas on a possible ceasefire deal to pause the nearly nine-month war in Gaza.

Israel received Hamas’ response on Wednesday to a proposal made public at the end of May by US President Joe Biden that would include the release of about 120 hostages held in Gaza and a ceasefire in the Palestinian enclave.

With Reuters

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