Biden optimistic Gaza ceasefire will be in effect by the weekend

President Joe Biden said Monday that he hoped that Israel and Hamas could agree to a new ceasefire deal by the end of the coming weekend.

The United States, Egypt, and Qatar have continued to broker conversations between Israel and the terrorist group in recent weeks and months. Biden himself has come under increasing domestic scrutiny to elevate his calls for peace in Gaza, intensified by the self-immolation of an active duty U.S. Air Force member outside the Israeli Embassy in Washington on Sunday.

The president was in a New York ice cream shop Monday when reporters asked him when a ceasefire could go into effect.

“I hope by the beginning of the weekend — I mean, the end of the weekend,” he responded. “My national security adviser tells me that we’re close, we’re close, we’re not
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