U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken discussed “de-escalating tensions” with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo on Monday before traveling to Jerusalem and Ramallah amid rising violence between Palestinians and Israelis.
The long-planned visit took a different turn with a new twist in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with calls for peace from abroad.
Mr. played an important role in mediation to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Sissi received Mr. Blingen in Cairo after returning from a tour of Asia.
Together, they discussed “ongoing efforts to defuse tensions between Israelis and Palestinians,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said, emphasizing Cairo’s “vital” role in “promoting stability.”
Because once again, deaths on the Palestinian and Israeli sides have multiplied in recent days: attacks, shootings, airstrikes and punitive measures continue to respond to each other, while the world “control” is unnecessary.
In the wake of recent anti-Israeli attacks, the Israeli government of Benjamin Netanyahu, the most right-wing in Israel’s history, announced measures aimed at punishing the relatives of the attackers.
Israeli forces sealed off the family of a Palestinian who killed six Israelis and a Ukrainian on Friday in East Jerusalem, the Palestinian enclave of the Israeli-occupied holy city.
A day after Israel’s deadliest attack in the occupied West Bank in years, with ten Palestinians killed in Jenin, Israeli airstrikes and rocket fire from Gaza came in retaliation.
On Saturday, a Palestinian wounded two Israelis, a father and son, in East Jerusalem and on Sunday, Israeli police killed a Palestinian in the West Bank, a Palestinian territory occupied by Israel since 1967. On Monday, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian in Hebron. On the west bank.
The violence raises fears of a new spiral, and on Monday Mr. Mr. Netanyahu and later Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called for US restraint. Blinken must reiterate.
Reuniting with Netanyahu
Mr. Blinken told Saudi channel Al-Arabiya that he wanted to “talk to the leadership of the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority.”
“I want to hear what the people who are affected every day (by the conflict) have to say,” he said.
Mr. After Sissi, Mr Blinken met with Egyptian diplomatic chief Sameh Choukry in Cairo. Nothing is immediately filtered into the content of the discussions.
Egypt, its diplomacy and above all its intelligence services, are constantly called upon to intervene in the Palestinian issue.
The first Arab country to make peace with Israel in 1979 and a neighbor in the Gaza Strip under Israeli blockade for more than 15 years, Egypt hosts Israeli heads of government and heads of various Palestinian parties.
While the U.S. and Egypt — one of the main recipients of U.S. military aid — are key diplomatic actors, the truth is, experts say the secretary of state has little room for maneuver.
Washington condemned the “horrific” attack on East Jerusalem, and Mr. Blinken will urge Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas to “take urgent steps to escalate,” according to the State Department.
But, privately, US officials have not hidden their frustration with the escalation and stalemate in which the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has found itself.
If little progress is expected in slowing the expansion, according to analysts, Washington is above all Mr. Trying to reunite with Netanyahu. Officials have recently won Jerusalem and some experts believe Mr. Trump will visit the White House in February. Talking about Netanyahu’s possible visit.
This article was published automatically. Sources: ats / afp
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