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President Biden Using His Strongest Language Yet Toward Israel's Prime Minister

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CBS4's Debra Alfarone reports President Biden wants a ceasefire in the Middle East.

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LAUREN PASTRANA: New details tonight, President Joe Biden is using his strongest language yet toward Israel's prime minister. He wants a ceasefire in the Middle East.

ELIOTT RODRIGUEZ: Meantime, Hamas, the militant group that rules Gaza, has laid out its own terms for a truce. CBS 4's Debra Alfarone has more from the White House.

[TANK FIRES]

DEBRA ALFARONE: Fighting in the Middle East continued for a tenth day Wednesday. Israeli officials say at least a dozen people have been killed as a result of Hamas rocket fire, while officials in Gaza report more than 219 dead from Israeli airstrikes. The latest Israeli strike killed six, including a Gaza journalist.

[ROCKETS PIERCING THROUGH THE SKY]

Hamas officials tell CBS News it will stop launching rockets at Israel if Jewish settlers cease the eviction of Palestinians living in a disputed East Jerusalem neighborhood and if Israeli forces and police agree to never again enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque as they did earlier this month.

[TANK FIRES]

Despite international calls for a ceasefire Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has defended his country's response.

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU: We are engaged right now in forceful deterrence. We're doing that while doing our utmost to avoid civilian casualties.

DEBRA ALFARONE: Wednesday, President Biden held his fourth call with the Israeli Prime Minister since the fighting began, during which he called for a significant de-escalation. On Capitol Hill, a group of Senate Republicans pledged support for Israel and blamed the president for the escalation in violence.

SEN. TED CRUZ: What did Joe Biden do? He came in and immediately began undermining Israel.

DEBRA ALFARONE: Some progressive Democrats in the House are pushing the Biden administration to pause a more than $700 million arms sale to Israel. Debra Alfarone, CBS News, the White House.

ELIOTT RODRIGUEZ: Well, so far, the U S has blocked the UN Security Council from issuing a unanimous statement calling for an immediate ceasefire in the region. But look for much more tonight on the CBS Evening News with Norah O'Donnell. That's at 6:30 after CBS 4 News at 6:00.