White House Indicates Potential for Ceasefire in Gaza Amid Ongoing Conflict

May 11, 2024 - 14:16
White House Indicates Potential for Ceasefire in Gaza Amid Ongoing Conflict

  The White House has signaled a potential breakthrough in achieving a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, as tensions continue following an escalated military operation by Israel in Rafah. John Kirby, a spokesperson for the National Security Council, expressed optimism during a press conference on Friday about the possibility of halting the hostilities.

According to Kirby, the failure to secure a ceasefire thus far is "extremely unfortunate," but he emphasized that Washington is actively working to maintain engagement with both parties. "We are trying hard to keep both sides committed to continuing negotiations, even if they are virtual," Kirby stated, underscoring the U.S. commitment to finding a peaceful resolution.

The situation intensified early this week when Israel launched an attack on Rafah, rejecting a proposed ceasefire and a prisoner exchange deal from Hamas. Subsequent reports from ABC News, citing an Israeli source, suggested that talks between Hamas and Israel had come to a standstill. Despite these setbacks, Kirby remains hopeful, telling reporters, "We still believe a deal is possible."

The White House has also expressed its concern over Israel's military actions in Rafah. Kirby urged the Israeli government to facilitate humanitarian efforts by opening the Rafah crossing, a vital passageway between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, to allow the delivery of much-needed aid.

The ongoing conflict and the potential for a ceasefire are being closely monitored by the international community, with calls increasing for both immediate relief for civilians and a sustainable diplomatic solution to the broader conflict.