(AFP) Cairo – In the occupied West Bank and east Jerusalem, Israeli President Mahmud Abbas on Sunday said that Israel had “passed all red lines” and asked international leaders to stop it.

The leader of the Palestinian Authority urged an Arab League gathering in Cairo that the international community must “defend” the Palestinian people and “put a stop to Israeli aggression… (and) unilateral acts.”

At the event, which Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Jordan’s King Abdullah II attended, he said that “Israeli stubbornness and policies have passed all red lines.”
Since the United Nations began keeping count of fatalities in the region in 2005, last year was the worst year on record in the West Bank.

According to AFP statistics, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has claimed the lives of at least 43 Palestinians this year, including attackers, militants, and bystanders.

An AFP count based on official accounts indicates that within the same time period, nine Israeli civilians, including three children, and one Ukrainian, had died.

Antonio Guterres, the UN Secretary General, reaffirmed the organization’s “strong stance against unilateral acts” in a video message, highlighting “illegal settlements in east Jerusalem” in particular.

Sisi pledged to “continue to engage with the two parties of the dispute to resuscitate the political process and restore peace in the West Bank and Gaza” as his nation continues to play the customary role of Middle East mediator.

Abdullah said that Arab countries “must galvanise efforts to assist the resilience of our brothers” in the Palestinian territories. His nation serves as the custodian of Muslim and Christian sacred places in Jerusalem.

Last week, US Vice President Joe Biden informed Abdullah that Washington favours a “two-state solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian issue.

Mr. Biden claims to be in favour of a two-state solution, but he does nothing, said Abbas.

In order to achieve a two-state solution, Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank would have to be dismantled. Additionally, Jerusalem would have to be split, which Israel rejects since it views the city as its undivided capital.

Since 2020, years after Egypt and Jordan established diplomatic connections with Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Morocco normalised ties with the Jewish state through the Abraham Accords, which were mediated by the US.

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