Israel-Gaza is raging despite diplomatic efforts
The violence between Israel and the Hamas militant group showed no signs of slowing down week of Israeli air strikes and artillery fire on Tuesday, despite efforts by the US and other global efforts to halt the region’s most violent hostilities in years. Ten people also lost their lives in Israel. The United States said Monday it had promoted a ceasefire on phone calls with Israel. White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, “Our calculation at this point is, having these behind the scenes talks and weighing our important strategic partnership with Israel … our approach is calm, intense diplomacy, and this is where we feel most effective. “But President Joe Biden is facing growing pressure from the legislature. He has spoken to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu three times since the violence began and defended Israel’s right to defend itself against Hamas, which the US has called a terrorist organization. However, the government did not support the Israeli rocket attack on a media building in Gaza that housed offices for the Associated Press and Al Jazeera, but the ceasefire, the Israeli prime minister said the strikes in Gaza would continue. “The policy is to keep striking terrorist targets. We will continue to act as necessary to restore peace and security to all residents of Israel.” Hamas’ armed wing promised more missiles in return. The Egyptian and United Nations mediators have also stepped up diplomatic efforts as the United Nations General Assembly meets later this week to discuss the violence.