U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blanken has left for a Middle East tour after heightened tensions between Israel and the Palestinians and will arrive in Egypt on Sunday.
According to AFP, Antony Blanken will arrive in Jerusalem and Ramallah on Monday and Tuesday.
This visit of the US Secretary of State to Israel was planned long ago, but it became inevitable after the recent worst clashes.
U.S. State Department spokesman Vedant Patel condemned the “horrific” attack on the Jewish synagogue, telling reporters that Antony Blanken will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and ask them to “de-escalate tensions.” They will demand to take big steps.
There is also a possibility that the US Secretary of State will talk to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in this regard, as Egypt is considered a partner of the US in the Middle East.
It should be remembered that seven people were killed as a result of a gunman’s shooting at a Jewish synagogue in Jerusalem on Friday, while two people were injured in an attack on Saturday.
This incident of firing occurred after 10 Palestinians, including an elderly woman, were killed in an operation by the Israeli army in the Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank.
It was Israel’s worst operation against Palestinians in recent years, which it says is targeting Islamic Jihad fighters and rocket-firing Hamas militants.
On the other hand, there is a lot of concern in the Arab countries regarding the Israeli-Palestinian tension.
Saudi Arabia on Saturday warned of a dangerous escalation of the situation between Israel and the Palestinians.
In its statement, the Saudi Foreign Ministry expressed deep concern over the growing tension and dangerous situation between the Palestinians and Israel.
According to the official news agency SPA, the statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that “the country condemns every move that targets civilians.”
The statement stressed the need to “immediately stop the escalating tension, restore peace in the region and end the illegal occupation immediately.”