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Biden on the phone with Netanyahu and Abbas to try to defuse the tension

US President Joe Biden held telephone conversations this Saturday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, with the intention of reducing tension in the face of the escalation of Israeli attacks and terrorists from Hamas Palestinians and the tension in Jerusalem. Netanyahu thanked Biden for his “unconditional” support for Israel and assured that they are trying to avoid civilian casualties, the Israeli Embassy in Washington reported. This is the second time that Biden and Netanyahu have spoken since the start of hostilities, last Monday. According to the White House statement, Biden “has reaffirmed his firm support for Israel’s right to defend itself from Hamas rocket attacks and other terrorist groups ”and“ has raised its concern for the safety of journalists and has stressed the need to guarantee their protection ”, referring to the destruction in an Israeli bombing of a tower in Gaza City, headquarters of the US news agency The Associated Press and the pan-Arab network Al Jazeera. The Israelis, yes, had warned before to allow time to empty the tower. The statement abounds in Biden’s support for a two-state solution for the Palestinian-Israeli dispute to achieve “dignity, security, freedom and economic opportunities for the Palestinian people. ”The White House has also reported in a separate statement the call from Biden and Abbas, with whom it would not have discussed the issue of the Israeli bombings in Gaza. Biden “has stressed the need for Hamas to stop firing rockets on Israel,” the text states.Abbas and Biden “have expressed their shared concern over the tragic loss of life of innocent civilians, including children,” it continues. Additionally, Biden recalled Washington’s recent decision to resume humanitarian and economic aid for Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.

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