Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) greets US President Joe Biden upon his arrival at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport on 18 October, 2023, amid the ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas

US President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that he asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for a pause in fighting in Gaza during a call on Monday.

A White House spokesperson previously said the two leaders discussed the potential for “tactical pauses” in fighting in Gaza for humanitarian reasons and possible hostage releases during their conversation on Monday.