He stressed that “the leadership will hold a meeting on Friday to discuss ways to respond to the continuing series of job escalations.”
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken confirmed during his meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas that Palestinians are facing dwindling prospects of hope, reiterating US opposition to Israeli settlement expansion and calling for calm tensions after the escalation of violence in the West Bank.
Blinken added: The United States opposes any action from any aspect that would make it more difficult to achieve the two-state solution, including expansion of settlements, demolitions, evictions from homes, and destabilization of the historic status quo in places sacred.
Blinken offered his condolences over the killing of innocent Palestinians, saying: Let me begin by expressing our condolences and grief over the killing of innocent Palestinian civilians who have lost their lives in the escalation of violence over the past year.
In a joint press conference with Netanyahu, Blinken said: The United States continues to support maintaining the status quo in the holy sites of Jerusalem, and anything that takes us away from the two-state solution harms Israel’s long-term security.
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