International diplomatic calls for a ceasefire in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict increased on Thursday after U.S. President Joe Biden called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday morning. In their call, Biden said that he “expected a significant de-escalation today on the path to a ceasefire,” according to a release from the White House.
Hamas’s Two Demands for a Ceasefire
A senior official in the Hamas terrorist organization predicted that a ceasefire could take place within days. Hamas has laid out two demands that they insist upon before they stop launching rockets at Israel. Both of their demands center around the city of Jerusalem.
First, Israeli forces and police must agree to never again enter the Al-Aqsa mosque. At the beginning of the violence, Israeli police arrested several Palestinians at the mosque. Second, that Palestinians living in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in disputed east Jerusalem not be evicted from the homes their families have lived in since the 1950s.
Hamas’s second demand is a sticky one.