Biden visits Saudi Arabia: Live updates

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JERUSALEM – President Biden said Friday that now is not the time to resume peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, but insisted he remains committed to a two-state solution to their conflict and expressed hope that diplomatic agreements will be concluded in 2020 between Israel. Four Arab countries can give a new impetus to the peace process.

“Even if the ground is not ripe at this moment for the resumption of negotiations, the United States and my administration will not give up trying to bring the Palestinians, the Israelis, and the two sides together,” El-Sayed said. Biden said.

“At this moment, when Israel improves relations with its neighbors throughout the region, we can harness the same momentum to revitalize the peace process between the Palestinian and Israeli people,” El-Sayed said. Biden added, referring to a set of agreements known as the Abraham Accords, which were negotiated under the Trump administration.

the master. Biden made the remarks at a news conference after meeting Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at a bleak time for the Palestinians. The meeting was held in Bethlehem instead of Ramallah, the administrative center of the authority, to empower Mr. Biden briefly visits the Church of the Nativity, the fourth-century basilica church located on a site where tradition says Jesus was born.

His comments came after a call from Mr. Abbas to Mr. Biden to help “create the atmosphere for a political horizon for a just, comprehensive and lasting peace.”

“Isn’t it time to end this occupation?” the master. Abbas said at the press conference. He added that “the key to peace and security in our region begins with recognition of the State of Palestine,” although Saudi Arabia – the most powerful Arab country – began gradual steps on Friday to normalize relations with Israel for the first time.

“The opportunity for a two-state solution along the 1967 borders may only be available today,” the Palestinian leader said. “But we don’t know what will happen next.”

After a hearty reception in Israel, it was a very tense morning for the master. Biden, who was met with protests by Palestinians in Jerusalem and Bethlehem, hours before a scheduled flight to what could be an even more difficult standoff in Saudi Arabia.

In Bethlehem, a. Biden said his commitment to the goal of a two-state solution remains unchanged, saying: “Two states along the 1967 lines with mutually agreed land exchanges remain the best way to achieve equal measures of security, prosperity, freedom, and democracy for Palestinians as well as Israelis.”

the master. Abbas also paid Mr. Biden removes the Palestine Liberation Organization from the US terror list and reopens the US consulate to the Palestinians in Jerusalem and the PLO mission in Washington, both closed under President Donald J. Trump.

The Palestinian leadership is divided between the Palestinian Authority, which runs parts of the West Bank, and Hamas, the hard-line Islamist group that wrested control of Gaza from power in 2007. Most Palestinians see little hope of reconciliation, according to recent polls.

In Gaza, the blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt has entered its fifteenth year. One in four Palestinians was unemployed in 2021. Seven in 10 say they believe a Palestinian state is no longer possible due to the expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, according to a June poll. Nearly 80 percent want Mr. to resign. Abbas, the head of the Palestinian Authority, who ran in the 2005 elections, and the vast majority view both the Authority and Hamas as corrupt.

Against this background, many Palestinians are frustrated with the Biden administration, with 65% opposed to dialogue between their leadership and the United States. While the Biden administration has often called for a two-state solution to the Palestinian conflict — and Mr. Biden has. Biden repeated that call Thursday — analysts thought he did not match his words with deeds.

eve mr. During Biden’s visit, the White House announced several financial measures aimed at improving the lives of Palestinians, but they did not reach the limit of the political process to create a Palestinian state and many measures were left in the Trump era.

In his remarks on Friday, A. Biden also called on the Palestinian Authority to do more to clean its home.

“The PA has important work to do as well, if you don’t mind saying it,” Biden said. Now is the time to strengthen Palestinian institutions to improve governance, transparency, and accountability. Now is the time to unleash the amazing potential of the Palestinian people through greater participation and civil society to fight corruption, advance rights and freedoms, and improve community services.”

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