Biden airs Israeli peace plan, squeezing Netanyahu

What happened

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Hamas are weighing an Israeli cease-fire proposal that President Joe Biden made public Friday in a surprise speech. The plan, which Netanyahu’s office confirmed was presented to Hamas days ago, calls for a six-week pause in fighting during which Israel would swap Palestinian prisoners for Israeli hostages in phases while aid to Gaza would see a significant boost. 

Two hardline members of Netanyahu’s Cabinet threatened to bring down his government if he pursued the deal. Opposition leader Yair Lapid said he would provide Netanyahu a “safety net” in parliament to see the cease-fire deal through.

Subscribe to The Week

Escape your echo chamber. Get the facts behind the news, plus analysis from multiple perspectives.

SUBSCRIBE & SAVE

Sign up for The Week’s Free Newsletters

From our morning news briefing to a weekly Good News Newsletter, get the best of The Week delivered directly to your inbox.

From our morning news briefing to a weekly Good News Newsletter, get the best of The Week delivered directly to your inbox.

To continue reading this article…

Create a free account

Continue reading this article and get limited website access each month.

Subscribe to The Week

Get unlimited website access, exclusive newsletters plus much more.

Subscribe & Save

Cancel or pause at any time.

Already a subscriber to The Week?