Press secretary Jen Psaki stated on Thursday news of a possible cease-fire in Israel's ongoing combat with the Palestinian militant group Hamas are encouraging .according to White House
Ms. Psaki told reporters, "We have seen indications of a possible cease-fire — that is definitely positive." “Obviously, we can't get ahead of any deal that might be struck.”
President Biden talked with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi on Thursday morning, according to Ms. Psaki, as governments in the area try to put an end to the bloodshed.
According to the White House, Mr. Biden told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday that he expects a "major de-escalation [Wednesday] on the route to a ceasefire."
Netanyahu said on Wednesday that Israel's operation will be carried out "until its goal is achieved."
Ms. Psaki declined to clarify if Israel had met Mr. Biden's Wednesday deadline for action.
“I'm not going to make a public assessment of day-to-day acts as president,” she stated. “What I can tell you is that we are continuing to work behind the scenes, through these 80 encounters with high officials, to argue for, to convey that they should be able to begin winding down their operations now, and that is what we are hoping to see.”
According to The Associated Press, an Egyptian intelligence official said a cease-fire was likely late Thursday or early Friday local time.