WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democratic Whip Katherine Clark (MA-5) released the following statement:
“I am grateful a temporary ceasefire agreement has been reached to return Israeli hostages to their anguished families and provide innocent civilians in Gaza with desperately needed aid. This marks a vital step toward healing shattered families and de-escalating the violence that has claimed thousands of civilian lives. I am encouraged that this agreement facilitates a continued truce if Hamas releases additional hostages.

“It will be a long road ahead as we forge the peaceful future that Israeli and Palestinian children deserve. I am committed to ensuring that the Israeli people can live without the threat of Hamas and that Palestinians have true self-determination. To that end, we must reengage with a peace process that is centered on a permanent two-state solution.
“I’m grateful for the leadership of President Biden and Secretary Blinken in facilitating this breakthrough. House Democrats will continue working with the Administration to forge a just, secure, and lasting peace.”