“The administration needs to step up and play a more active role in this space,” said Lucy Kurtzer-Ellenbogen, director of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict programme at the US Institute of Peace.
"It set out with the goal of relegating this conflict to a back-bench focus, resetting the table where it can, but otherwise no bold approaches."
With 28 Palestinians and two Israelis killed so far, Ms Kurtzer-Ellenbogen told The National that it was time for the US to move beyond statements.
“Statements will no longer make a difference," she said. "Action, or credible threat of action, is the only thing that could have some impact on both sides.
"What is ideally needed is a strong co-ordinating role by the US to have all relevant players exercise their leverage where they have it.”
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The US is now hoping for a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel before the Muslim holiday of Eid on Thursday.
But with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu facing a government crisis and Hamas banking on military escalation, Arab diplomats are not hopeful for any quick resolution.
Dennis Ross, a former US envoy for peace, advised the Biden administration to work closely with Egypt and Jordan in trying to restore calm.
“The Biden administration is being reminded that active diplomacy is often needed to manage conflicts, not just settle them,” Mr Ross, a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, told The National.
While the Biden team was quick to appoint envoys to Yemen, Libya and the Horn of Africa, no such position was assigned for Israel and Palestine.
Mr Ross now sees limited options for the White House.
“Its options are to try to work with the Israelis on how best to restore calm and avoid an escalatory cycle; deal with the Palestinian Authority to try to get it to lower the temperature; and to work closely with Egypt, given the role it can play with Hamas and Israel, and Jordan, given the role of the Waqf and its ability to talk to [President] Mahmoud Abbas and the PA,” he said.