Recently, tensions between Palestine and Israel have escalated and violent conflicts have continued. In this context, “extinguishing the fire” for the tension between Palestine and Israel has become one of the top tasks of Blinken’s visit.
Egypt is one of the important mediators on the Palestinian-Israeli issue. In talks with Egyptian President Sisi, Blinken said that the United States hopes to actively coordinate with Egypt to cool down the situation between Palestine and Israel. The Egyptian presidency said in a statement that Sisi reaffirmed Egypt’s firm position on the Palestinian-Israeli issue, which is to promote a just and comprehensive solution in accordance with international standards and guarantee the rights of the Palestinian people.
In separate talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Blinken reiterated U.S. support for the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian issue.
The recurring conflict between Palestine and Israel is rooted in the fact that the “two-state solution” has not yet been implemented, and the reasonable aspirations of the Palestinian people for an independent state have not been realized for a long time. Analysts pointed out that although the U.S. government has always claimed to support the “two-state solution” to resolve the Palestine-Israel issue, the U.S. has long favored Israel, and Blinken’s trip also failed to show sincerity.
The Palestinian people do not have much expectation for Blinken’s visit, and many Palestinian political factions also hold negative attitudes. The Palestinian Popular Front called on Abbas not to give in to US pressure, and called on the public to oppose Blinken’s visit.