Biden lauds Israel-Hamas ceasefire, promises more quiet diplomacy

 US President Joe Biden welcomed the Israel-Hamas ceasefire on Thursday night, adding, “I believe the Palestinians and Israelis equally deserve to live safely and securely and to enjoy equal measures of freedom, prosperity and democracy.” He pledged to “continue our quiet and relentless diplomacy toward that end.” The president said he’s talked with Netanyahu six times over the last 11 days and has also spoken with the president of the Palestinian Authority. Biden said his administration would help salvage the devastated Gaza Strip.

In another remark, Biden assured PM Netanyahu that the US will replenish Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system.

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