In a conversation with his Israeli counterpart, the Secretary of State called on all sides to reduce tensions and stop the violence that has claimed the lives of civilians.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, in a conversation with Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi, expressed concern about the missile strikes on Israel, the State Department said.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Ned Price said that during the conversation, Blinken expressed his condolences in connection with the loss of life.
Blinken and Ashkenazi also condemned the violence in Jerusalem.
“The Secretary of State once again called on all parties to reduce tensions and end the violence that has claimed the lives of Israeli and Palestinian civilians, including children,” Price said.
“The Secretary of State stressed that Israelis and Palestinians should be able to live in security and enjoy freedom, security, prosperity, and democracy equally,” the spokesman said. Minister Ashkenazi and Secretary Blinken also noted the strong partnership between the United States and Israel and pledged to work together to overcome future challenges, Price said.