Joe Biden says he expects a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas by next Monday

President Joe Biden, of the United States, stated on Monday (26) that he hopes that by next Monday there will be a ceasefire agreement between Israel and the terrorist group Hamas, which have been at war since September 7th. October last year.

With that, he made the statement in an ice cream shop, during a political event in New York City.

“My National Security Advisor told me we’re close [to closing a deal], but it’s not ready yet,” Biden said.

However, Hamas officials interviewed by Reuters said that Biden’s comments about a ceasefire being close are premature and not in line with the situation. “There are still big differences that need to be overcome,” said one official.

It is worth remembering that last week, US officials told the Reuters news agency that they will propose a text for a UN Security Council resolution calling for a ceasefire in the war.

The proposal was released a day after Israel signaled that it would invade Rafah, in the south of the Gaza Strip, at the start of Ramadan, if Hamas does not release the Israeli hostages in its possession since the start of the war, on October 7, 2023. Ramadan, a holy month for Muslims, begins on March 10.

The council has 15 members. For a resolution to be approved, 9 of them must vote in favor and none of the permanent members (USA, France, United Kingdom, Russia and China) must veto the proposal.