I believe the Palestinians and Israelis equally deserve to live safely and securely and to enjoy equal measures of freedom, prosperity, and democracy.Pres. Joe Biden on the cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas.
- The cease-fire agreement was announced before dawn, Friday morning local time.
- The airstrikes between Israel and Hamas (a designated terrorist group by the U.S. government), described as the worse violence in the area in years, erupted in recent weeks, after days of clashes at a Muslim and Jewish holy site in Jerusalem.
- Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened to respond with "a new level of force" against any further attacks.
More background on the conflict here:
Why It Matters: The 11-day military conflict led to death and destruction on both sides. The question now: Will a cease-fire hold?
by Jenna Lee,