May 15, U.S. President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke by telephone about the Israeli-Palestinian situation and discussed the recent violent clashes in the Gaza Strip.
Netanyahu briefed Biden on Israel’s actions and future plans in the Gaza Strip and stressed that he would do everything in his power to avoid harming local civilians.
Biden expressed concern about the safety and security of journalists during the call and stressed the need to ensure their protection, as Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip destroyed the offices of several news organizations in Gaza.
Biden also discussed the current tensions in Jerusalem with Netanyahu. He also expressed support for steps to enable the Palestinian people to enjoy the dignity, security, freedom and economic opportunities they deserved, and affirmed support for a bilateral solution.
According to Al Jazeera and other media reports, 15, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas received a call from Biden. Abbas’ spokesman said the two sides discussed the recent violent clashes in the Gaza Strip. It was Biden’s first phone call with Abbas since he was sworn in in January.