Illinois’ two U.S. senators disagree on whether a ceasefire should be negotiated between Palestinian militants and Israel. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says he’s “praying for a ceasefire”, but acknowledges it would be difficult setting up talks between Israel and Hamas, the organization in control of the Gaza Strip labeled by the United States as a terrorist group.
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“They are not likely to sit down at the table. It’s just not in their nature,” Durbin said. “They do not want Israel to exist, and they don’t care much about civilian casualties.” U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) is against a ceasefire agreement, arguing that despite the number of Palestinian civilians being killed, Hamas should be destroyed. “Accidental tragedies are just a part of war. War is exactly what Hamas wanted and we should make sure that they lose it,” Kirk said.
Since the war began three weeks ago, more than 1,000 Palestinians have been killed, according to Palestinian health officials. Israel has lost 43 soldiers and two civilians in the conflict.