Israel: Washington reaffirms its support for the two-state solution
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken
US Foreign Minister Antony Blinken reiterated US support for the two-state solution on Friday during a call with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, according to a report. statement released Saturday by the State Department.
The conversation between the two men took place as Israel prepares to form the government on further to the right in its history under the leadership of Binyamin Netanyahu, following Tuesday's elections.
Former Prime Minister Netanyahu has long ceased to assert his adherence to the so-called two-state solution, involving the creation of a Palestinian state.
In his appeal to Mahmoud Abbas, Antony Blinken once again reaffirmed [the United States'] commitment to a two-state solution, the statement said.
The two men also discussed joint efforts to improve the Palestinian people's quality of life, security and freedom.
The occupied West Bank is experiencing its deadliest period in years: the Palestinian territory is the scene of almost daily raids by the Israeli army as well as an increase in clashes and attacks against Israeli forces.
According to the department of State, Mr. Blinken stressed during the call his deep concern about the situation in the West Bank, including the heightened tensions, violence and loss of Palestinian and Palestinian life. Israelis, and stressed the need for all parties to work urgently to de-escalation.