UPDATED 1:37 PM PT – Monday, August 8, 2022
President Joe Biden commended partners in the Middle East for ending the recent flare up in the Israel-Palestine conflict. In a statement issued Monday, the President claimed his administration worked with diplomats from Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Qatar and Egypt to end the three days of fighting.
Biden also praised the efforts of Egypt’s president to mediate, acknowledging he hosted talks that led to a ceasefire agreement. This came after violence erupted in the Gaza Strip over the weekend after Israel launched a successful airstrike targeting a top Islamist militant. The White House stressed Israel’s actions likely saved countless lives of their citizens.
“US support of Israel’s security is long standing and unwavering, including its right to defend itself against attacks,” stated White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre. “Over these recent days, Israel has defended its people from indiscriminate rocket attacks launched by the terrorist group Palestinian Islamic Jihad and the United States is proud of our support for Israeli’s Iron Dome, which intercepted hundreds of rockets and saved lives.”
Prime Minister Yair Lapid spoke this evening with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
The two leaders spoke at length. The Prime Minister began by expressing his appreciation to the President of Egypt for his extensive efforts to achieve a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.
— Prime Minister of Israel (@IsraeliPM) August 8, 2022
Meanwhile, reports say the ceasefire agreement has held and Biden’s State Department vowed to continue efforts to work toward a long-term peace deal.