The Biden administration has reacted to the temporary ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, after the release of captured Israeli soldiers by Hamas. The administration, in an official statement released to the press, has welcomed the ceasefire and thanked the efforts of both sides in reaching a deal. The agreement, brokered by Egypt, comes after 11 days of intense fighting that killed at least 248 Palestinians and 12 people in Israel. Israel responded after being bombarded by rockets over the border allegedly fired by Hamas. The agreement to cease fire came in the wake of a peace accord that allowed both sides to temporarily halt hostilities in exchange for the release of two Israelis hostages held by Hamas. The Biden administration indicated its approval of the ceasefire agreement by expressing its appreciation for the bravery of those on both sides who have risked their lives to achieve it, and acknowledging how the commitment to peace is essential to achieving stability and security for both parties in the future. The administration also recognized the importance of addressing the underlying issues in the region in order to find a durable and sustainable peace that meets the needs and interests of all parties concerned. It is committed to continuing to work with U.S. allies and partners to find a lasting solution that will improve the lives of ordinary Israelis and Palestinians. The Biden administration will also focus on combating poverty and economic deprivation, as well as ensure greater access to healthcare, education, and other essential services. The United States is also ready to invest in rebuilding the infrastructure of the region in order to promote human security and development. There is a lot of work that needs to be done in order to bring about a comprehensive, lasting peace in the Middle East. However, this recent ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas is a step in the right direction and should be applauded. We must remember, however, that this is just a temporary reprieve, and that lasting solutions to the underlying causes of violence in the region must be found very quickly.