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White House avoids questioning Palestinians’ right to self-defense – Middle East Monitor


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White House spokeswoman Jane Psaki avoided asking a reporter whether US President Joe Biden believed the Palestinians had the right to self-defense amid Israeli air strikes. Anadolu Agency mentioned.

“We have heard time and time again regarding statements about violence in Israel that Israel has a legitimate right to self-defense, but we do not hear about the Palestinians’ right to self-defense. Why is this, and does the president think that the Palestinians asked a reporter.”

In response, Psaki did not say “yes” or “no” to the question, but said that the United States is working to de-escalate and try to limit the situation in the region.

“Let me say first, I think it’s important to point out, as I think you would agree, these things [rocket] The attacks come from Hamas and many Palestinians are at risk because of the violence that is happening back and forth.

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“The president also made it clear in his statement yesterday that you know. He stressed the importance of working to advance peace throughout the region, including between Israelis and Palestinians. Any loss of life, any threat to life, which we have definitely seen is a tragedy.”

Tensions have escalated in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem since last week when an Israeli court ordered the expulsion of Palestinian families, which was later postponed.

Biden said on Wednesday that Israel “has the right to defend itself when thousands of missiles fly into your territory” as violence escalates between Israel and Palestine.

When the reporter asked whether the Biden administration also condemned the forced evictions of Palestinians from their homes, Psaki said that US officials had raised the issue on several levels but avoided answering the question directly.

“We talked about that in our readings and definitely our National Security Adviser raised and raised us on many levels, the importance of addressing construction in these communities and the fact that, you know, in order to move forward and move forward towards de-escalation. This is an important issue that must be addressed. I think we have to move forward. “

The Israeli forces targeted the demonstrators in solidarity with the residents of Sheikh Jarrah.

The escalation led to air strikes launched by Israel on Gaza, leaving dozens of dead and hundreds of wounded.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem during the 1967 Arab-Israeli War and annexed the entire city in 1980 – a move never recognized by the international community.

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