Israel Policy Forum urges both the Israeli government and Hamas to work with the United States and other international actors as appropriate to negotiate an immediate ceasefire. We are optimistic that Israel has restored a measure of deterrence that will restore quiet to the millions of Israeli citizens living under rocketfire. Every civilian casualty, whether Israeli or Palestinian, is one too many, and the longer that fighting between the two sides continues, the greater the chances that there will be additional civilian casualties. We call for President Biden and Secretary Blinken to take the lead in formulating a ceasefire agreement and to continue to take an active role in speaking to all relevant parties and leaders.