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US envoy to UN urges Gantz: Refrain from moves that undercut two-state solution

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent based in New York

US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield meets with Defense Minister Benny Gantz in northern Israel on November 16, 2021.  (Matty Stern/ US Embassy Jerusalem)
US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield meets with Defense Minister Benny Gantz in northern Israel on November 16, 2021. (Matty Stern/ US Embassy Jerusalem)

US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield urged Defense Minister Benny Gantz during their meeting this evening to avoid taking steps that undermine prospects of a two-state solution, such as settlement activity and home evictions, her office says in a statement.

During the meeting in the Galilee, Thomas-Greenfield “expressed the United States’ ironclad commitment to Israel’s security, including efforts to curb Iran’s regional aggression and the replenishment of Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system,” her office says.

They also discussed expanding upon the Abraham Accords and lowering tensions between Israelis and Palestinians, according to the US readout.

“The two leaders expressed support for a strengthened UNIFIL mandate, and addressed the importance of Sudan’s returning to a civilian-led transition,” the statement adds.

Israel is believed to have established working ties with the Sudanese military, which took control of the country in a coup last month. The US has reportedly been pushing Israel to encourage the Sudanese military to return power to the civilian-led transitional council. The Sudanese army had been the driving force behind the country’s effort to normalize with Israel. While the civilian government went along with the initiative, it was seen as more apprehensive.

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