The President of the United States, Joe Biden, in a conversation with the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, called on the Palestinian leadership to begin a settlement of the conflict with Israel and stop rocket attacks on the Jewish state, reports press service of the White House.
“The President stressed that he supports steps aimed at ensuring a decent, safe, and free life for the Palestinian people in the conditions of economic opportunities that they deserve,” the White House said.
Biden recalled that the United States will continue to support the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.
On May 11, the largest escalation in recent years began on the borders of the Palestinian enclave. The Israeli army and Palestinian groups in the Gaza Strip have not stopped exchanging rocket fire following riots at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem over an Israeli court decision to seize homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood from Arab families.
According to the Palestinian authorities, the number of victims exceeded 100 people. In Israel, they announced the death of nine people, including one military man. According to Juliet Touma, UNICEF representative for the Middle East and North Africa, 34 Palestinian and two Israeli children were killed during the four days of escalation.
Earlier, Netanyahu warned Biden about Israel’s next steps.