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Biden pressured to respond to escalating Mideast violence

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As President Biden has called for a ceasefire between the Israelis and Hamas as violence in the region escalates, he is under increasing pressure to speak out more forcefully against Israeli strikes. Ed O'Keefe reports.

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- President Biden just spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, tonight. That's their second phone call since Saturday. The president is expressing support for a cease fire. It comes as fellow Democrats are urging him to do more to stop the violence. CBS's Ed O'Keefe reports, tonight, from the White House.

ED O'KEEFE: The White House, tonight, is under increasing pressure to speak out more forcefully against the Israeli strikes with a number of dead and wounded Palestinians far outpacing the number of Israeli victims. Thousands rallied in support of the Palestinians in multiple cities across the US this weekend, and nearly 30 Democratic senators, including Connecticut's Chris Murphy, released a statement Sunday, calling for an immediate cease fire.

CHRIS MURPHY: There isn't really a path to peace without the United States playing a role, so I hope that the Biden team is going to be very active over the next few days to try to wind down these hostilities.

- One time Biden rival, Bernie Sanders, also, said the US should stop supporting Netanyahu, while New York Congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio Cortez questions if US aid is contributing to the violence inflicted on Palestinians.

- When members of his own party shared the belief that he is giving too much credence to Israel in this situation, are they wrong?

- Our role as the White House, as the federal government, is to play a constructive role in diplomacy, to have intensive, quiet discussions with leaders in the region.

- But that sort of approach with Netanyahu may not work as he signaled no plans to change tactics against Hamas on Sunday.

- We're not going to just let them get away with it, and neither would you.

- Palestinian diplomat, Aman Rashid Erekat, says, President Biden has to do more.

- I think the United States and the international community need to work more diligently to rein in Israel, and tell them, enough is enough.

- Earlier today, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken told reporters, he hadn't seen intelligence suggesting that Hamas was hiding inside a tower that was destroyed by Israel over the weekend. That tower also housed the Associated Press and other news outlets, sparking outrage. Well, late today, the State Department walked that back, saying that, while the Secretary hadn't personally seen the intelligence, others said the US government have. Norah?

- All right, Ed O'Keefe, thank you.