President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas he said in an interview with US Secretary of State Antony Blinkenthat it was Israel’s policy that led to the escalation and is leading to an “explosion”, reported the Palestinian news agency WAFA. Blinken condemned the Hamas attacks and called for de-escalation.
WAFA reported that during a phone call with Blinken, Abbas stressed “the need to stop the ongoing Israeli escalation” against the Palestinians and blamed it on “colonist practices,” including the occupation of Palestinian lands and “aggression against the holy sites of Islam and Christianity, especially the al-Aqsa Mosque.” .
The head of the Palestinian authorities in the West Bank also warned that the inability to implement international law towards Israel and the “ongoing injustice and oppression” faced by the Palestinians are “pushing matters towards an explosion whose consequences no one will be able to bear.” “.
According to the agency, Blinken was to emphasize that the US was trying to cooperate with all parties to stop escalation. The American side has not yet published a statement from the conversation with Abbas. Earlier, Blinken spoke with Israeli President Isaac Hercog and Foreign Minister Eli Cohen. According to the State Department, the US foreign minister condemned Saturday’s attacks by Hamas in the strongest terms and discussed “measures to strengthen Israel’s security.”