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President Joe Biden is set to deliver remarks on the Middle East, hours after Israel and Hamas agreed on a tentative cease-fire.
The truce, if followed, would halt Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip and Hamas rocket attacks against Israel. The fighting has gone on for 11 days, taking a heavy toll on civilians particularly in Gaza. It is the worst outbreak of violence between Israel and Hamas since 2014.
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Biden in a phone call Wednesday told Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he expected "a significant de-escalation" in the fighting by the end of that day, according to a readout from the White House.
The president is expected to speak from the Cross Hall of the White House.