British diplomat James Cleverly arrived in Israel at a turbulent time, marked by riots among leftist groups and an increase in conflict with Islamist actors.
Acceptance of Israel and purposes of visit
she Israeli foreign minister Eli Cohen, welcome Cleverly, promotes the strengthening of bilateral relations between Israel and the United Kingdom.
For its part, the British Foreign Office indicated that Cleverly plans to condemn the position of Iran towards terrorist groups and promote the idea of a Palestinian state living peacefully with Israel.
Wise also made a gesture of respect to the victims of the Holocaust by visiting Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, where he participated in a commemorative event.
Demonstrations and tensions in Israel
As the talks took place, many protesters gathered near the Supreme Court in Jerusalem, expressing their dissatisfaction with the government’s proposals regarding judicial reforms.
A key session will take place at the Supreme Court, where the bill will be considered to limit the court’s ability to overrule certain government decisions based on the reasoning of judges instead of state laws.
Extension of the Abraham Accords and concerns about Iran
Conversations between Cleverly and Cohen also focused on expanding the Abraham Accords seeks to strengthen relations between Israel and other countries in the Middle East.
Iran’s nuclear program and its support for groups like Hamas y Palestinian Islamic Jihad They are also on the agenda, emphasizing the need to stop Iran’s support for these actors.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs highlighted the shared concern about the escalation of violence in Judea and Samaria, which has fueled new attacks and military operations.
Balance of confrontations and casualties
The conflict in Judea and Samaria escalated with attacks targeting civilians and Israeli military forces, leading to frequent army retaliation.
These attacks reportedly resulted in the deaths of 27 civilians and three soldiers, in addition to many injuries. On the other hand, military operations have resulted in the deaths of many Palestinian Islamists.
Publications such as The Associated Press and The Times of Israel have provided numbers of casualties on the part of Palestinian terrorists, which this year has been one of the deadliest in decades.
Cleverly’s next meetings
Wise is expected to hold meetings with prominent figures such as Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority leader Mohammed Shtayyeh.
In addition, he will participate in a conference at the Counterterrorism Policy Institute at Reichman University, offering his perspective on Israel’s current challenges.