Secretary of State Antony Blinken promised a mission in the Middle East that Washington will provide new assistance to rebuild Gaza to strengthen ceasefire between the Islamist rulers of Hamas and Israel. An Egyptian-brokered ceasefire, coordinated with the United States, began on Friday after 11 days of intense fighting between Palestine and Israel.
Speaking to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Blinken said the United States will provide Palestine with an additional $75 million in development and economic assistance by 2021. $5.5 million in direct disaster relief to rebuild Gaza to strengthen ceasefire and $32 million for the United Nations Palestinian Aid. In April, Biden returned the hundreds of millions of dollars in Palestinian aid that Trump had deducted.
Biden does not plan to cancel the relocation of the embassy. He has continued relations with the Palestinians during the first few months of his term. United States will speed up the process of reopening the diplomatic channel for Palestinians. Blinken said the reopening of the US Consulate General in Jerusalem is an important opportunity for our country. It is necessary to engage and support the Palestinian people.
“We know that we need to use the space created to prevent a return to violence. Also to address a broader range of major problems and challenges. And it all starts with addressing the difficult humanitarian situation in Gaza and initiating a recovery”, said Blinken.
Moreover, Blinken will be in the region on Thursday, traveling to Egypt and Jordan. Along with his visit, Israeli authorities allowed fuel, medicine as well as food for the private sector to enter Gaza.
Solution of conflict is only 2 States
Negotiations between Israel and Abbas’s Palestinian Authority, which limits self-rule in the West Bank, broke down in 2014. Israel is in political turmoil after four inconclusive elections in two years. Whereas Palestine is divided over animosity between Hamas and Abbas in the West Bank.
While Biden’s a two states solution is the only way to resolve the conflict. US believes that Palestine and Israel have the right to live in safety and security. Also enjoy an equal level of freedom, opportunity and democracy to treat with dignity.
Palestine President Abbas thanked the United States for its commitment to a two-states solution. He thanked also to maintain status quo with respect to the Haram al-Sharif (Al-Aqsa Mosque).
What happened in recent cross-border attacks?
At least 254 people were killed and more than 1,900 injured in Gaza, Palestinian health officials said during the battle with hundreds of Israeli air strikes.
The Israeli military says the death toll in Israel is 13. Many people were being treated for injuries and sent people as far as Tel Aviv to shelters.
Commercial buildings, apartment towers and private homes in the Gaza Strip, home to 2 million people, were damaged or destroyed by the time a ceasefire was declared.