Biden urges Hamas to accept latest ceasefire deal

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Wednesday urged Hamas to accept a new proposal for a temporary cease-fire in Gaza, which would include the release of some hostages held by the group.

Speaking at a joint news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Biden emphasized his direct discussions with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the need for increased humanitarian aid in Gaza.

“I have been very blunt and straightforward with the prime minister, his war cabinet, and the cabinet,” Biden said.

“The fact of the matter is that Bibi and I had a lengthy discussion. He agreed to several measures, including enhancing the delivery of food and medicine to Gaza and significantly reducing civilian casualties in any regional actions,” he added.