U.S. President Joe Bashir has said he supports recognition of a Palestinian state in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, where a Palestinian Authority government is in power, and said Israel should follow the United Nations Security Council’s resolution on the situation.
In a televised address from the White House Thursday, Biden said that “Israel should follow its own international obligations” and “stand alongside the international community” in support of a two-state solution.
“Israel’s security must be maintained at the highest levels of the United States,” Biden said.
“It must have a secure and viable Palestinian state, with all of its rights, and its future must be secure.
This is not a matter for negotiation, but rather an urgent priority for the United State of America.”
Biden also called for the U.N. General Assembly to endorse a resolution to establish a Palestinian State on the occupied West Bank, and urged all states to “act in good faith in establishing a Palestinian entity.”
On Friday, U.A.E. President Abdel Hakim Shehata called on all parties in the conflict to “respect the rights of the Palestinian people” and stop violence, but urged Israel to “stand firm against the intifada.”
Bashir said Thursday that the administration would “continue to support the United Kingdom, the European Union and Israel in their efforts to establish the United Palestinian State” in the region, according to the Associated Press.
The resolution proposed by the United Arab Emirates and Egypt called for an independent Palestinian state and the establishment of an independent Jordan, but not Israel.
Biden’s remarks come amid rising tension in the Arab world following the resignation of U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday over his role in an unsuccessful attempt to broker peace with Israel.
Johnson, who had been considered a leading contender for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize, said in a statement that he will step down in the coming days to concentrate on the U-turn in the peace process.
“I regret that this decision has come at a time of heightened tension in our region, and I offer my deepest sympathies to the Israeli and Palestinian peoples,” he said.
In his remarks, Biden praised Shehatta and called on him to “recognize the right of the international communities to pursue their own interests.”
The U.D.G.S., which includes Arab countries that make up the U., said it was “deeply concerned” by the U.-turn, which it called “unacceptable.”
The U.G.’s position on the status of East Jerusalem has been controversial.
In 2014, Israeli authorities demolished the homes of a group of Palestinian families in East Jerusalem and occupied the al-Aqsa mosque compound in the occupied city.
The families, some of whom were Palestinian citizens, were evicted after the demolition, and Israeli forces have also demolished Palestinian homes in the city.
A U.F.O. team also reported on Thursday that Palestinian youths were using knives to attack Israeli soldiers and Israeli police in East Eilat, near the West Wall.
In the same incident, Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian who was reportedly wielding a knife.