A prescription for peace in Gaza: Use America’s leverage February 12, 2024

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Yazeed Ibrahim, MD, PSR-Los Angeles co-president; Ira Helfand, MD, PSR past president; Robert Dodge, MD, PSR-Los Angeles co-president; David E. Drake, DO, PSR past president | Des Moines Register

As physicians, we despair at the inability to recognize our common humanity as Gaza’s health care system has totally collapsed, food and medicine are scarce, and nearly half of all buildings have been completely or partially destroyed, leaving 90% of Gazans displaced on uninhabitable lands facing famine and outbreaks of infectious diseases.

The U.S. has tremendous leverage on all sides and enormous resources in the region, and we must bring them to bear now. We urge the Biden administration to utilize this leverage and present a clear framework to end the violence and suffering.

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