The United States has expressed its unwavering support for Israel's security and legitimate right to self-defense.

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source: timesofisrael.com

The White House condemned the "continuous rocket attacks" by Hamas and other terrorist groups that launched almost 500 projectiles into Israeli territory in two days.

The United States on Tuesday expressed its "unwavering support" for Israel's security and "its legitimate right to defend itself" and urged measures to "restore a sustainable calm" after the scale of tension and violence between Palestinians and Israelis.

This was stated by the spokeswoman for the United States National Security Council, Emily Horne, who reported on the telephone conversation between the National Security adviser, Jake Sullivan, and his Israeli counterpart, Meir Ben Shabat.

Sullivan condemned the continuing rocket strikes by the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) and other terrorist groups on Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Horne said.

Similarly, the National Security Adviser reiterated his support for President Biden's legitimate right to defend himself and his people while protecting national security and citizens.

In the conversation, both agreed to continue in "close contact," as Horne explained and collected a statement from the White House.

Sullivan also discussed with the Egyptian Government on Tuesday the situation in Gaza and Jerusalem, on which they have discussed "the steps to restore calm in the coming days."

In this context, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that Biden is being kept informed of all developments on this issue and directed his team to "engage intensively with senior Israeli and Palestinian officials, as well as leaders across the Middle East."

Psaki reaffirmed that the US message is based on the "de-escalation" and added that "the president's support for Israel's security, it's legitimate right to defend itself, is fundamental and will never waver."

We condemn the rocket attacks on Jerusalem by Hamas and other terrorist groups. We also oppose the extremism that has plagued both communities. Jerusalem, a city of such interest to people of faith around the world, should be a point of peace. He stressed that it was up to the officials, residents, and leaders to restore the city to a peaceful place.

As such, he assured that Biden and his team would continue to pursue "diplomacy, dialogue and sanctions, and conditions for the protection of civilians. We will also continue to support a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict." He further said that this is the only way to guarantee justice and lasting peace which two people have struggled to achieve.

We believe that Palestinians and Israelis deserve equal measures for freedom, security, dignity, and prosperity. And US officials have spoken to Israeli officials in recent weeks about how the eviction and demolition of Palestinian families who have lived in homes for years, sometimes decades, is against our common interests. To resolve the dispute, he continued.

On the other hand, Foreign Secretary Anthony Blinken spoke with Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenaz I, in which he expressed his condolences over the "rocket attacks against Israel and the loss of lives as a result. I expressed my concern.

The two have talked about the violence in Jerusalem, especially in the Esplanade of mosques and in the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrá, the department's spokesman, Ned Price, said.

In this sense, Blinken reiterated his call on "all parties" to reduce tensions and end the violence, claiming the lives of Israeli and Palestinian citizens, including children.

Blinken emphasized the need for Israelis and Palestinians to enjoy security and safety, as well as equal measures for freedom, safety, success, and democracy.