Updated: May 13, 2021 05:30 First
Washington [US]May 13 (ANI): US President Joe Biden on Wednesday (local time) spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the Israel-Palestine conflict and said he hoped the hostilities would end.
“My hope and hope is that this will stop as soon as possible. But Israel has a right to defend itself when you have thousands of rockets flying over your territory. But I chatted with the prime minister for a while. Israel Ministers. And I think — my hope is that we get to a conclusion about it as soon as possible,” Biden told reporters at the White House.
The US President spoke on the issue for the first time since the violence that erupted earlier in the week.
According to a White House readout, Biden in a phone call to Netanyahu condemned the rocket attacks by Hamas and other terrorist groups, which include Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. They expressed their unwavering support for Israel’s security and Israel’s legitimate right to defend itself and its people while protecting its citizens.
He also conveyed America’s encouragement for a path toward restoring a lasting peace and shared his belief that Jerusalem, a city of such importance to people of faith around the world, should be a place of peace.
Biden also updated Netanyahu on the United States’ diplomatic engagement with regional countries including Egypt, Jordan and Qatar, as well as Palestinian officials.
According to White, the two leaders agreed to maintain close consultations between their teams, including continued engagement by their respective foreign ministers, defense ministers, defense chiefs and national security advisers, and to remain in personal contact over the coming days. Is. House.
Earlier on Wednesday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke to Netanyahu and expressed concern over the ongoing violence.
According to US State Department spokesman Ned Price, Blinken and Netanyahu discussed the ongoing violence in Jerusalem and the secretary reiterated his call for all sides to reduce tensions and stop the violence.
The ongoing violence between Israel and Palestine marks a dramatic escalation in tensions involving the possible expulsion of Palestinian families from East Jerusalem by Israeli settlers and access to one of the city’s holiest sites, a staple of Islam, Judaism. is the center. Christianity.
With rocket attacks and air strikes intensifying from both sides, concerns have emerged that the conflict is likely to develop into a full-fledged war.
Meanwhile, Gaza’s death toll has risen to 65 Palestinians, including 16 children and five women, according to Gaza’s health ministry. At least 365 people have been injured, including 86 children and 39 women.
On the other hand, a five-year-old boy was killed and at least 20 Israelis were injured as Gaza launched a new spate of rocket attacks on Wednesday night in the Tel Aviv metropolitan area and cities to the south, setting off warning sirens. Gave. The Times of Israel reported. The death toll in Israel has reached 7.