U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Brinken called on Israel in Israel on Friday to ensure “equal” treatment of Palestinians because the new U.S. government is cautiously stepping up efforts for a two-state solution.
State Department spokesperson Ned Price (Ned Price), in a call with Foreign Secretary Gabi Ashkenazi (Gabi Ashkenazi), “Blink, the Bush administration believes that Israelis and Palestinians should enjoy equal freedom. , Security, prosperity and democratic measures.”
Brinken is also committed to Israel’s security, “strengthening all aspects of the US-Israeli partnership,” and expressed support for the Jewish state’s agreement to normalize relations with four other Arab countries in the past year.
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Last week’s election was inconclusive. This is Israel’s fourth election in two years.
While US President Biden emphasized his support for Israel, he also hinted that he would abandon his predecessor Donald Trump̵
The Obama administration has increased humanitarian assistance to the Palestinians and has made it clear in recent days that it considers Israel’s control of the West Bank to be an “occupation”.
Price said on Thursday: “We believe that in terms of settlement activities, Israel should avoid taking unilateral steps that increase tensions and weaken efforts to advance negotiations to reach a two-State solution.”
Brinken’s predecessor, Mike Pompeo, set a precedent. He said he did not think Israel’s construction on land confiscated in 1967 was illegal, and last year he visited a settlement in the West Bank.
Despite this, Brinken has made it clear that the Obama administration will not withdraw some of Trump’s iconic measures, including the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
The blink of an eye with Ashkenazi (Ashkenazi) on the same day that the United States lifted the sanctions imposed by the Trump administration on senior officials of the International Criminal Court.
Brinken once stated that the economic sanctions imposed on the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Fatou Bensouda and his top assistant in 2019 were “inappropriate and ineffective” and were therefore cancelled.
The court in The Hague is investigating alleged war crimes committed by Afghan forces, the Taliban and the U.S. military in Afghanistan. Recently, it also launched an investigation into suspected war crimes involving US allies Israel and Palestinian terrorist organizations. Neither the United States nor Israel are members of the International Criminal Court.
According to reports, Blink informed Ashkenaz of the move before the State Department announced the move.
Last month, the Obama administration expressed its “resolute” opposition to the decision of the International Criminal Court to investigate war crimes committed by Israelis and Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem.
The staff of the Israeli era contributed to this report.