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US Urges Israelis, Palestinians to Calm Tensions Ahead of Biden Visit 

Voice of America News reports: “The United States expressed concern Monday about ‘palpable and dangerous’ tensions between Israelis and Palestinians, ahead of a visit next month by President Joe Biden to the region.

‘We once again call on all parties to refrain from unilateral actions that increase tensions and undercut efforts to advance a negotiated two-state solution, such as settlement activity, demolitions, incitement to violence and evictions,’ the deputy U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Richard Mills, told a meeting of the Security Council on the issue of Israeli settlements.

Biden will visit Israel and the West Bank and then continue to Saudi Arabia from July 13 through July 16.

The White House says the president plans to meet with Israeli leaders to discuss that country’s ‘security, prosperity, and its increasing integration into the greater region.’ Biden will also visit the West Bank to meet with Palestinian Authority officials…”

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