US Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in the Middle East on Monday with the aim of implementing President Joe Biden's proposed ceasefire to end the Gaza conflict. After meeting with Egypt's President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi in Cairo, Blinken stated that Hamas was the only party yet to accept the ceasefire, which Israel has reportedly agreed to. Blinken urged regional governments and people to pressure Hamas for a positive response. Sisi emphasized the need to facilitate humanitarian aid to Gaza. Prior to Blinken's visit, both Israel and Hamas had hardened their positions, hindering previous peace efforts, while Israel continued its offensive in central and southern Gaza. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared commitment to achieving victory, rejecting any ceasefire that does not meet Israel's objectives. Hamas called on the US to exert pressure on Israel to halt hostilities, expressing readiness to positively engage with any initiative to end the war. In Gaza, residents reported ongoing Israeli military operations, with significant displacement and casualties. Biden's ceasefire proposal, announced without prior Israeli consent, aims to pressure all sides into agreement. The US is now seeking UN Security Council support for the proposal, which outlines a phased truce and gradual hostage release. With Israeli forces having penetrated most of Gaza and domestic pressure mounting, Netanyahu faces challenges in balancing political demands with the need for a resolution.