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Dick Durbin joins far left of his party in calling for Israel-Hamas ‘cease-fire’

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., argued for a “cease-fire” between Israel and Hamas during a CNN segment on Thursday, putting him in line with far-left members of his party, like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.

Durbin, the second-highest ranking Democrat in the Senate, told CNN host Poppy Harlow he believes there should be a cease-fire between the Jewish state and the terror group on the condition that Hamas releases all the hostages it took from Israel in their Oct. 7 attack on the country.

Harlow prompted Durbin’s comments by asking the lawmaker, “Is a cease-fired needed now?”

“I think it is. At least in the context of both sides agreeing. For example, the release of those who have been kidnapped should be part of this immediate release. That should be the beginning of it,” Durbin replied. “An effort should be made to engage in conversation between the Israelis and Palestinians. Let’s face it, this has gone on for decades. Whatever the rationale from the beginning has reached an intolerable level.”

The Biden administration is exploring the possibility of multiple “humanitarian pauses” aimed at getting aid into Gaza and hostages and foreign nationals out, White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said Thursday. He said Israel had already agreed to at least one pause when Hamas released two American hostages in October. The administration has drawn a distinction between a full cease-fire and humanitarian pauses.

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Fox News’ Anders Hagstrom contributed to this report.

Gabriel Hays is an associate editor for Fox News Digital. 


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