An aerial view of a destroyed building after it was hit last week by Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City on Saturday. AP
President Joe Biden on Friday pledged to help organise efforts to rebuild Gaza and said creating a Palestinian state alongside Israel is the "only answer" to the conflict.
Biden also said he had told the Israelis to stop "intercommunal fighting" in the flashpoint city of Jerusalem.
Protesters display placards during a demonstration in solidarity with the Palestinian people in Paris on Saturday. AFP
However he stressed "there is no shift in my commitment, commitment to the security of Israel" and added that until the region "unequivocally" acknowledges Israel's existence "there will be no peace."
The idea of a two-state solution — with a sovereign Palestinian state alongside Israel and Jerusalem as their shared capital — has been the cornerstone of decades of international diplomacy aimed at ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
US policy under Donald Trump was criticised as being blatantly pro-Israel and ignoring the Palestinians.
A Mideast peace plan devised by Trump's adviser and son in law Jared Kushner was billed as providing for a two-state solution. But that blueprint envisioned a Palestinian state with only limited sovereignty and Israel maintaining security over that state.
A Palestinian woman walks past a destroyed building in Gaza City. AFP
The plan was rejected out of hand by Palestinian leaders. Biden on Friday insisted on a full-blown two state remedy. "There is no shift in my commitment to the security of Israel, period, no shift, not at all," he said. "But I tell you what there is a shift in. The shift is that we still need a two-state solution. It is the only answer, the only answer," Biden stated.
Speaking after a cabinet meeting, Erdogan criticised U.S. President Joe Biden's approval of weapons sales to Israel.
The UN Security Council was to hold an emergency meeting amid a diplomatic push to end the fighting, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Israel would continue its military onslaught on the coastal enclave “as long as necessary.”
US Vice President Harris, in call with Jordan's King Abdullah, reiterated US commitment to two-state solution to Israeli-Palestinian conflict and importance of upholding status quo at the Haram Al-Sharif /Temple mount.
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Dubai’s Burj Khalifa wrote on Twitter, “Let us celebrate 50 glorious years of growth, progress and prosperity of our nation as we look forward to the next 50 years!” The Dubai International Airport also marked the national day celebrations at its premises.
On the occasion of UAE’s 50th National Day, the Dubai Crown Prince has come up with an adorable picture of him holding his twins Sheikha and Rashid.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and their Highnesses the Rulers of the Emirates, Crown Princes and Deputy Rulers witnessed the official Golden Jubilee celebrations in Hatta on Thursday.