The acting US Ambassador to the United Nations, Richard Mills, told the UN Security Council that the Biden administration’s Middle East policy will be supportive of the mutually agreed two-state solution. He further said that the new president’s aim is a solution in which Israel lives in peace and security, along with a viable Palestinian state.
Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, added that the president views on the situation continue to be that a two-state solution is the only way forward. Mills further also said that Biden aims to reestablish diplomatic ties with Palestine closed by the Trump administration and restore the Palestinian aid. He said that to urge other countries to normalize ties with Israel, the US aims to restore credible engagement with the Palestinians.
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Mills further added that the new administration aims to restore the American assistance programs that support humanitarian aid and economic development. Besides, political experts see this as the beginning of what is expected to be a change in policies by the former president. The previous administration was often condemned by critics of favoring the Israeli state and Prime Minister Netanyahu, often at the expense of Palestinian rights.
Meanwhile, experts suggest that the new administration in the White House is likely to take a middle approach to the Palestine-Israel conflict akin to former Democratic governments. Although Trump’s administration was hailed for the normalization agreements with the Arab nations, the rights of the Palestinian people were suppressed since he assumed the White House.
Trump also moved the American embassy to Jerusalem and went against the international consensus to recognize the historic city as the Israeli capital, a move criticized by the Palestinian leadership. Besides, he also shuttered the Palestinian Liberation Organization office in Washington. Last year, the previous administration unveiled its Middle East Peace Plan, which critics have dubbed as an apartheid of Palestinian people.
During his confirmation hearing in the upper chamber of the house, Biden’s Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that Washington aims to keep its embassy in Jerusalem. But experts maintain that Biden is likely to remain a supporter of Israel, however, a less politically-expedient ally to Prime Minister Netanyahu.
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