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Donald Trump Blames Joe Biden's 'Weakness' For Escalating Violence In Jerusalem

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Donald Trump Blames Joe Biden's 'Weakness' For Escalating Violence In Jerusalem

Donald Trump said Joe Biden has showed 'weakness' in the Middle East and accused his successor of aggravating the situation between Israel and Palestine.

Violent and bloody scenes have erupted in East Jerusalem over proposed forced evictions of Palestinians in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood.

There have been large scale protests against the plans, which has resulted in injuries and an escalation in the conflict.

The Israeli military has launched airstrikes on the Gaza Strip and Hamas has responded with missile attacks on Israeli territory.

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Nearly 30 Palestinians have been killed, including several children, and two people have died on the Israeli side.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

It's been described as the most intense fighting between the two regions since 2014 and Donald Trump reckons Joe Biden is to blame.

In a statement from his office, the former US President said: "When I was in office we were known as the Peace Presidency, because Israel's adversaries knew that the United States stood strongly with Israel and there would be swift retribution if Israel was attacked.

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"Under Biden, the world is getting more violent and more unstable because Biden's weakness and lack of support for Israel is leading to new attacks on our allies.

"America must always stand with Israel and make clear that the Palestinians must end the violence, terror, and rocket attacks, and make clear that the U.S. will always strongly support Israel's right to defend itself."

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Credit: PA

Donald Trump tried to launch a peace mission when he was President under the plan titled Peace to Prosperity: A Vision to Improve the Lives of the Palestinian and Israeli People.

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The 45th Commander in Chief announced the plan alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House in early 2020 however no Palestinian officials were invited for the negotiations.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said: "Since last week [Joe Biden] has directed his team to engage intensively with senior Israeli and Palestinian officials as well as leaders throughout the Middle East.

"His team is communicating a clear and consistent message of de-escalation and that is our primary focus."

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In his statement released this week, Donald Trump also lashed out at Democrat Ilhan Omar for a tweet that criticised the Israeli response to the situation.

The Minnesota politician argued Palestinians don't have public support to defend themselves and yet Israel appears to be able to do this without punishment or condemnation.

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Credit: PA

Donald Trump said in his statement: "Unbelievably, Democrats also continue to stand by crazed anti-American Rep. Ilhan Omar, and others, who savagely attack Israel while they are under terrorist assault."

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Neighbouring Egypt had been trying to broker a ceasefire between the two states, however, the cycle of violence quickly spiralled.

Even before the two Israeli deaths, the Israeli military said it was sending troop reinforcements to the Gaza border and the defence minister ordered the mobilisation of 5,000 reserve soldiers.

The barrage of rockets and air strikes was preceded by numerous clashes on Monday between Palestinians and Israeli security forces.

This included confrontations at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, a site which is sacred to both Jews and Muslims.

The current violence, like previous rounds, including the last intifada, or uprising, has been fuelled by conflicting claims over Jerusalem, which is at the emotional core of the long conflict.

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Topics: joe biden, News, Palestine, Donald Trump, Israel

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