White House faces calls to confront Middle East crisis

ABC News' Mary Bruce reports on how the Biden administration is responding to calls to help stop the intensifying violence between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
1:10 | 05/17/21

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We want to turn to Washington now and the white house confronting the crisis in the Middle East, but the Biden administration is dealing with some intensifying calls for it to do more to try to stop the violence. Our senior white house correspondent Mary Bruce has the latest on that for us. Mary, good morning. Reporter: Good morning, T.J. While the president worked the phones this weekend speaking with the Israeli prime minister and for the first time the Palestinian president, Biden is urging calm and expressing deep concern for the loss of life, but he is facing growing calls to do more. So far the administration has been largely focused on behind-the-scenes diplomacy, but there are these increasing calls for the president trying to up the pressure on both sides to try to bring about a cease-fire. Biden is also facing blowback from members of his own party here in Washington. Some on the left say he isn't doing enough. This is the first major foreign policy crisis of this administration, and they want to get this right, but so far, there are no signs of the U.S. Deepening its involvement. This administration is resisting getting further entangled in this conflict, but as we see the violence escalate, that could be a position that's harder and harder to hold, George. Thank you. The latest now on the

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