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Liberal Democrats push Gaza cease-fire, new peace talks

A handful of Democrats are calling on President Barack Obama to “redouble” US engagement in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Keith Ellison (C) speaks during a visit by U.S. Representatives discussing bilateral relationships between Egypt and the U.S., in Cairo March 15, 2012. REUTERS/Esam Al-Fetori (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR2ZE2Z

A handful of liberal Democrats are urging President Barack Obama to “redouble” diplomatic efforts to achieve a cease-fire in Gaza even as the administration and the rest of Congress side squarely with Israel.

In a letter sent Thursday to the president and Secretary of State John Kerry and obtained by Al-Monitor, a half-dozen lawmakers call for an end to the “cycle of violence” in the region. The latest flare-up, they write, is further proof that a final status agreement is “urgent and necessary” and should not be abandoned despite the collapse of the latest talks.

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