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Biden’s Proposal for Ceasefire During Ramadan

President Joe Biden’s statement regarding Israel’s willingness to pause its conflict with Hamas during Ramadan, contingent upon a hostage deal, signals a potential diplomatic breakthrough. Negotiators from the U.S., Egypt, and Qatar are actively pursuing an agreement where Hamas would release some hostages in exchange for the release of Palestinian prisoners and a temporary cessation of hostilities. The upcoming start of Ramadan, around March 10, is viewed as a crucial timeline for achieving a ceasefire.

Biden expressed hope for a ceasefire deal to be implemented by next week, emphasizing the importance of utilizing the Ramadan period for negotiation and potential de-escalation efforts. While Israel’s response to Biden’s comments remains pending, the proposal underscores the urgency of resolving the conflict and mitigating humanitarian concerns in Gaza, particularly in light of potential Israeli military actions in areas like Rafah.