US reiterates support for two-state solution, calls on Palestinian leader | Israel-Palestine conflict News

US reiterates support for two-state solution, calls on Palestinian leader | Israel-Palestine conflict News

The US Secretary of State reaffirms US commitment to the two-state solution in a telephone conversation with President Mahmoud Abbas.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken reaffirmed Washington’s commitment to two way solution The Israeli-Palestinian conflict during a telephone conversation with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the State Department said in a statement on Saturday.

The top US diplomat discussed joint efforts to improve the quality of life of the Palestinian people and enhance their security and freedom in a phone conversation with Abbas on Friday, the statement said.

Blinken “expressed his deep concern about the situation in the West Bank, including the heightened tensions, violence and casualties of both Palestinians and Israelis, and stressed the need for all parties to urgently de-escalate the situation,” State:

He also “further reaffirmed our commitment to the two-state solution,” which envisions an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel.

The announcement was made against the backdrop of growing violence between Israel and the Palestinians.

The Palestinian President informed the US Secretary of State about the Israeli attacks against Palestinians, the Israeli blockade of Palestinian cities and villages, as well as the violence of the settlers, Wafa agency reported.

Israeli forces killed four Palestinians In separate incidents in the occupied West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem on Thursday, Israel tallied the final votes for this week’s national elections.

Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won a comfortable majority support far-right allies, including Itamar Ben-Gvir of the Otzma Yehudit party, which has called for the expulsion of Palestinians “disloyal” to Israel.

On Friday, tensions flared again in the besieged Gaza Strip as Israeli Fighter jets targeted what they called a ‘missile production site’In response to several rockets fired at Israel, the first since Israel a deadly three-day military offensive in the besieged enclave in August.

No Palestinian faction has claimed responsibility for the rocket attacks.

Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem said that “the barbaric Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip at dawn today is an act of open aggression and represents the expansion of its open war against our people in all the places where we exist.”

Since the beginning of the year, more than 100 Palestinians have been killed as a result of almost daily attacks carried out by Israeli militants in the occupied territories.

Israel stepped up the attacks after a series of deadly attacks by Palestinians in Israel in March.

The Biden administration tried to restore the reliable relations of the United States with the Palestinians after the administration of former US President Donald Trump. cut aid has reduced the status of its main diplomatic mission In Palestine and fueled by tensions moving to the US Embassy From Tel Aviv to Jerusalem to recognize the latter as the capital of Israel.

Israel wants an undivided Jerusalem to be its capital. After annexing East Jerusalem, it effectively controls the city, which is not recognized by the international community.

Palestinians consider Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem to be the capital of their future state.

The status of Jerusalem remains one of the main sticking points in efforts to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

During his confirmation hearing in January 2021, Blinken also reiterated his support for a two-state solution, but added:

“The important thing is that none of the parties take such steps that will make the already difficult process more difficult,” he said.

The Israeli government has stepped forward construction of new settlements which are illegal under international law and threaten the hopes of an independent Palestinian state.

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