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Biden tells Israel’s Netanyahu U.S. expects ‘a significant de-escalation today’ in Gaza

US President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the COVID-19 response and the vaccination in the East Room at the White House in Washington, DC on May 17, 2021.

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WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden in a Wednesday morning call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he expected “a significant de-escalation today on the path to a ceasefire.”

“The two leaders had a detailed discussion on the state of events in Gaza, Israel’s progress in degrading the capabilities of Hamas and other terrorist elements, and ongoing diplomatic efforts by regional governments and the United States,” a White House readout of the call said. “The President conveyed to the Prime Minister that he expected a significant de-escalation today on the path to a ceasefire,” the statement added.

When pressed for more details of the call, White House principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said she would let the formal readout “speak for itself.”

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