U.S. 'silence' on Israeli policies, Abbas to Blinken

'Situation is unacceptable', president announces measures

01 giugno, 15:50

(ANSAmed) - TEL AVIV, JUNE 1 - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has denounced in a phone call with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken "US silence" and that of the "international community" on "Israeli provocations and practices clearly violating international law", Palestinian news agency Wafa reported. The agency said Abbas stressed that the "current situation can't be tolerated in the absence of a political horizon and of international protection for the Palestinian population". For this reason, Abbas has announced the adoption of "measures to deal with this Israeli escalation".

The US administration - Wafa quoted the Palestinian president as saying - must "transform its words into actions" and must "not be satisfied with a policy of condemnation" on "unilateral measures" by Israel because "the situation on the ground is not acceptable anymore". The Palestinian president said he referred in particular to what is happening in Jerusalem "with attacks against the Al-Aqsa mosque by extremist settlers' groups, prayers in its courtyards and allowing these extremist groups to raise Israeli flags". The Palestinian president spoke about "violation of the status quo" not only at the holy site in Jerusalem known to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif and to Jews as Temple Mount but also for the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

According to Wafa, during the talks Blinken reaffirmed the Biden administration's commitment for a two-State solution, for a "halt to the expansion of settlements" and "unilateral actions by both sides". Blinken also confirmed "the administration's engagement for the reopening of the US consulate in Jerusalem" and that the US administration will send a "high-level delegation" to prepare the "visit of President Biden and discuss all issues raised by President Abu Mazen", as president Abbas is also known. Finally, Blinken - according to Wafa - expressed US approval for the "investigation into the murder of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, with the objective of pursuing and holding responsible the killers".(ANSAmed).

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