The US has promised to improve ties with the Palestinians by reopening a consulate in Jerusalem and help rebuild the conflict-torn Gaza Strip. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken's stated this after meeting Palestinian leaders in the occupied West Bank, as BBC reports.
He also met Israel's prime minister in Jerusalem, pledging "America's ironclad commitment to Israeli security".
Had a very good meeting with Israeli Prime Minister @Netanyahu today. I underscored America’s ironclad commitment to Israel’s security, and we discussed the importance of promoting peace, security, and dignity for all. https://t.co/z3qJbnwWSR pic.twitter.com/qog7mUKCrO— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) May 25, 2021
Blinken tweeted that he discussed "deepening America's partnership with the Palestinians" during his Tuesday's talks with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh in Ramallah. He promised to advance the process of reopening the US consulate in Jerusalem that had served as its diplomatic channel to the Palestinians. The consulate was closed by President Joe Biden's predecessor Donald Trump in 2019, angering the Palestinians and straining bilateral relations. The former president put the Palestinians under the authority of his ambassador to Israel when he relocated the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
A senior Palestinian official told the AFP news agency that discussions were taking place over reopening the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) office in Washington DC, which was closed during the Trump administration. To help rebuild Gaza, the Biden administration has recently said it will ask Congress for $75m (£52m) in assistance. He added that the US would also provide $5.5m in immediate disaster assistance for Gaza and $32m to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the UN agency for Palestinian refugees.
But Blinken stressed that Washington would ensure that Hamas, which controls Gaza, did not benefit.
Hamas is designated as a terrorist group by the US, EU, UK and Israel.
As it was reported earlier, on late May 11, a huge missile attack occurred in Tel Aviv and its vicinities. HAMAS movement claimed the responsibility, stating that 130 missiles were fired in the direction of the Israeli capital city. According to the outlet, the alarm sirens blared in practically every large settlement in Israel, as the rockets fell in the downtown of Tel Aviv and its suburbs; it became arguably the largest missile attack on Israel so far. The shooting began at about 8.45 p.m. local time. The missiles fell in several central districts of the country. Some projectiles hit their targets, but most of the rockets were downed by the anti-missile defense system, the Iron Dome.
The new escalation stage is observed between Israeli and Palestine caused by clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police at Temple Mount in Jerusalem and consideration of the remove of Palestinians from Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in Jerusalem by the Supreme Court of Israel. As a result, the Supreme Court of Israel made a decision to postpone the consideration of the case.
According to Aviv Kochavi, Chief of the General Staff of the IDF, the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) landed attacks on more than 500 targets in the Gaza Strip, killing dozens of Palestinian militants.
The cease-fire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza appeared to be holding as of early Friday morning, after the two sides fought for 11 days. The ceasefire began at 2:00 a.m. local time on Friday.
The fighting was the worst between the two sides since a 50-day war in 2014. At least 232 Palestinians died, according to the Gaza Health Ministry. Twelve people were killed in Israel.