House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff on Sunday urged the Biden administration to “push harder” to end the ongoing violent conflict between Israel and Hamas, which escalated over the weekend.
“The death toll increases and the violence has got to stop. And I think we need to do everything possible to bring about a cease fire,” Schiff said in an interview with “Face the Nation.” “I think the administration needs to push harder on Israel and the Palestinian Authority to stop the violence, bring about a cease fire, end these hostilities, and get back to a process of trying to resolve this long-standing conflict.”
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Diplomatic efforts are underway to broker a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, and the Biden administration last week sent an envoy, Deputy Assistant Secretary State Hady Amr, to the region to urge de-escalation. On Saturday, the White House said President Biden spoke with both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to stress the need for Hamas to stop firing rockets into Israel and encourage an end to the violence.
Schiff said there has to be “sustained diplomatic engagement” from the U.S. with Palestinian and Israeli partners, as well as with Egypt and other countries to bring an end to the fighting. “I think that international effort, if sustained, will bring about that result. But we’re going to have to speak out clearly about this,” he said.
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