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. 

Palestinians have been living in the six homes in question for nearly 70 years. However, Jewish people were able to document to Israeli courts that they were living there and owned the houses prior to the 1948 birth of the state of Israel. Additionally, the Arabs are being forced out due to not paying rent. 

Moussa Abu Marzouk, a Hamas political official said that an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire would succeed.

“I expect a ceasefire to be reached within a day or two, and the ceasefire will be on the basis of mutual agreement.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel won’t stop conducting airstrikes against Gaza until the lives of Israelis are safeguarded. (File photo)

A Cure Not a Band-Aid

Nevertheless, Netanyahu and the Israelis remain steadfast in their view that their operations should continue until their goals are met.