The White House called for a “local, temporary” ceasefire in the Gaza Strip to allow civilians to evacuate and humanitarian aid to reach the area but did not support a complete cessation of fighting.

During the November 1 election campaign, an attendee urged US President Joe Biden to call for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip. Mr. Biden replied, “I think we need a pause in fighting.”

At a press conference on November 2, US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby explained that the “humanitarian ceasefire operation is temporary, local and focused on one or more specific targets such as bringing in aid and evacuating civilians.”

“The basic idea is a cessation of hostilities within a given geographic area and a limited period of time that would allow for whatever it is we’re trying to do,” Kirby said.

“We do not support a comprehensive ceasefire at this time,” Mr. Kirby said. “A comprehensive ceasefire will benefit Hamas by giving them space and time to plan and carry out attacks against the Israeli people.”

The war between Israel and Hamas is about to enter its second month. After the attack by Hamas on October 7, Israel bombed and shelled the Gaza Strip and deployed tanks and soldiers to attack the area.

Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari, spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), announced on November 2 that the country’s infantry had completely surrounded Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is making a trip to Israel to seek specific measures to minimize damage to civilians in the Gaza Strip.

President Biden promised full support and increased military aid to Israel so that the country could launch responses against the Gaza Strip after the attack by Hamas. However, Mr. Biden also expressed sympathy for the situation of civilians in the area.