US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken spoke separately on Tuesday with the Israeli Foreign Minister and the President of the State of Palestine to call on them to “end the cycle of violence”, following the escalation of the last weeks.
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In talks with Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Mr. Blinken stressed “the importance of Palestinians and Israelis working to end the cycle of violence,” he said. Ned Price in the press releases he published.
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The US Secretary of State announced last night that the Undersecretary of State for Middle East Affairs, Yael Lebert, had left for a tour until April 26 in Jordan, Israel, the West Bank and Egypt, where he will have contacts to “reduce tensions” in the region. .
Mr Blinken called on the two sides to show “restraint” and “refrain from any action or statement that would fuel the escalation of tensions”, especially in East Jerusalem Mosque, the third holiest site of Islam and its holiest site. of Judaism, in the tradition of which it is known as the Temple Mount.
The US Secretary of State already contacted his Jordanian counterpart Ayman al-Safadi on Monday to insist on the need to “maintain the historic status quo” of the places of worship in Jerusalem, which is managed by Amman but has security and control over Israel. access to them.
In talks with his Israeli counterpart Lapid, Mr Blinken “reaffirmed the US government’s unwavering commitment to Israel’s security and” condemned the recent rocket attacks from Gaza “.
He reiterated to the Palestinian President the “US commitment to improve the quality of life of the Palestinian people in a tangible way.”
He spoke in support of the US Alliance, but said that maintaining some independence was not the answer.
The Israeli Air Force fired rockets into the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, the first in three months, in retaliation for a rocket fired from the Palestinian enclave ruled by the Islamist group Hamas.
The new escalation was set against the backdrop of continuing tensions exacerbated by the four attacks in Israel from March 22nd to April 7th with a total of 14 dead.
These attacks have led to several bloody Israeli military operations in the West Bank, a Palestinian territory occupied by Israel since 1967, especially in areas where the perpetrators of the attacks in Israeli territory originated.
More than 150 Palestinians were injured in incidents with Israeli forces on Friday and Sunday in Temen Square, during the Jewish holiday of Passover and the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.