U.S. President Biden thanked Egypt for its “successful diplomacy” and coordination with the United States to reach a ceasefire to end Israel’s 11-day military attack on the Gaza Strip and the rocket shooting at Israel.
The White House said in a statement on Monday that Biden discussed reconstruction efforts after the deadly attack on the besieged Palestinian territories in a phone call with Egyptian Foreign Minister Abdul Fatah Sisi.
“The leaders of the two countries have discussed the urgent need to provide humanitarian assistance to those in need in the Gaza Strip and support reconstruction efforts in a way that benefits the people there rather than Hamas,” statement read.
Monday’s call came from Biden send US Secretary of State Anthony Brinken will travel to the region this week to meet with leaders of Israel and the Palestinian Authority, and visit Egypt and Jordan.
The Biden administration faces a wide range of challenges pressure, Including those within his own Democratic Party, prompted Israel to agree to an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, but the President of the United States and his senior officials agreed adhere to Behind the scenes diplomacy is a better way.
Egypt helped reach an armistice agreement between Israel and Hamas that went into effect on Friday, and Egypt sent delegations to Tel Aviv and the occupied Palestinian territories to closely monitor the execution of the deal.
Last week, El-Sisi pledged to provide 500 million U.S. dollars to help the reconstruction of Gaza.
During the 11-day Israeli bombing of the Gaza Strip, nearly 250 Palestinians, including dozens of children, were killed, which also injured approximately 2,000 people and destroyed many buildings and important infrastructure. .
Rockets fired by Palestinian armed groups from the Gaza Strip killed at least 12 people in Israel, including two children.
After Israel planned to forcibly evacuate Palestinian families from occupied East Jerusalem, violence broke out. The plan to attack Palestinian believers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound has provoked widespread protests within Jerusalem, the occupied West Bank and Israel.
Hamas, the Palestinian faction that governs Gaza, said that in response to Israel’s crackdown, it began firing rockets at Israel.
The U.S. State Department said Brinken plans to concentrate on securing a Hamas-Israel ceasefire during his journey and provide much-needed assistance to the Palestinians.
The Department of Defense said in a statement earlier on Monday that in the blink of an eye it will “discuss important follow-up work to consolidate the ceasefire and reduce the risk of further conflict in the coming months.”
Al Jazeera’s James Beth reported from West Jerusalem on Sunday. He said: “The bigger question of Brinken’s visit is whether this will change the way the Biden administration calculates.”
Since taking office, Biden and his senior officials have been seeking to “prioritize” the Israeli-Palestinian issue among other foreign policy priorities. “They will change this situation now and refocus on negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, and will the United States actively pursue them?” asked the Gulf.
At the same time, some progressive American lawmakers continue to call on Washington to cancel a The planned $735 million arms deal Relations with the Israeli government and readjusting relations with Israel.
The Israeli bombing of Gaza was driven by Washington lawmakers’ continuous push for unconditional questioning U.S. military assistance Israel, a total of 3.8 billion U.S. dollars per year.
Egypt is the second largest recipient of U.S. aid after Israel. Human rights advocates have previously urge The Biden administration put pressure on El-Sisi, who presided over a wide range of Suppress Improve the opinions of journalists, activists and critics to improve the human rights record of their governments.