Biden hails cease-fire agreement between Israel, Hamas

President Biden on Thursday said that a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas would begin in under two hours, celebrating the development and pledging to continue U.S. diplomatic efforts.

Biden credited the “intense diplomatic engagement” of his team and the work of other parties in the region, including Egyptian officials, in bringing about the agreement for a cease-fire after fighting caused massive destruction and death in the region over the region past week and a half.

“We have held intensive high-level discussions hour by hour, literally … with the aim of avoiding the sort of prolonged conflict we have seen in previous years when hostilities have broken out,” Biden said in brief remarks from Cross Hall Thursday evening that was hastily scheduled following news of a cease-fire agreement.

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