Israeli Envoy to US Lauds Biden’s ‘Strong Message’ in Support of Israel’s ‘Right to Defend Itself’

Tensions brewing in the disputed city of Jerusalem over Tel Aviv’s decision to restrict access to the Temple Mount, a holy site for both Jews and Muslims, compounded by clashes over the eviction of Arab families from the Sheikh Jarrah quarter in the Old City has unleashed the fiercest escalation between israel and Gaza in recent years.

Israeli Ambassador to the US Gilad Erdan went on Twitter on Sunday to express gratitude to US President Joe Biden for issuing a ‘strong message of support’ to israel in its response to rocket attacks from Gaza.

Biden had spoken to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday amid the spiralling violence in the Middle East. During his call with Netanyahu, Biden reiterated support for Israel’s right to self-defence against rocket attacks from the militant group Hamas in Gaza, according to a readout released by the White House.

During the conversation with the US President, Netanyahu insisted Israel “is doing everything to avoid harming” those who aren’t involved with Hamas and that “those not involved” were evacuated from the 12-story building in the Gaza Strip that housed the offices of The Associated Press and Al Jazeera. The building collapsed on Saturday after a strike by three Israeli missiles.

​The Middle East is witnessing the fiercest Israeli-Palestinian escalation in years, with Israel Defence Forces (IDF) air strikes in Gaza killing at least three…

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