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Tokyo (ANN)- The government of Japan has expressed concern about Israel’s actions towards the Palestinians, which have become one-sided, and what has recently happened in the Palestinian territories, so the government of Tokyo, Japan, on Friday asked Israel to cooperate. to find a two-state solution.

ALt: "Hayashi Yoshimasa" Image File Araweelo News

Japanese Foreign Minister “Hayashi Yoshimasa” Image File Araweelo News

“Japan is concerned about the recent unilateral steps that have caused tensions to increase,” Japanese Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa told his Israeli counterpart, Eli Cohen, when he spoke by phone today. as reported by Anadolu News Agency.

Yoshimasa “asked for the cooperation of Israel,” said a statement from Japan’s Foreign Ministry.

Mr. Cohen, the statement added, “stated that Israel respects the status quo with regard to holy sites.”

The two sides also discussed situations in Ukraine and East Asia, with Yoshimasa saying Tokyo “would like to strengthen cooperation with Israel” while touching on “the importance of maintaining and strengthening the free and open international order based on the rule of law.”

Earlier this week, the Israeli army destroyed 18 Palestinian-owned buildings in occupied North East Jerusalem, affecting more than 100 Palestinian families, according to local media.

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Israel continues to expand illegal settlements in the Palestinian territories, and the issue was raised after earlier this month, far-right National Security Minister Ben-Gvir visited the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem. which has sparked a storm of condemnation from countries around the world, including Jordan, Iran, Turkey, the US, Saudi Arabia, Qatar. and Pakistan, even though Saudi Arabia is longing for the agreement it wants to have with Israel, while the Riyadh government does not pay much attention to the Palestinian cause, which the Jews are suffering day and night, instead, it is important to have an agreement with the Jews.

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The conservative Saudi kingdom has previously hinted at an unprecedented peace deal with Israel.

In 2015, both countries acknowledged that they held secret meetings to discuss Iran’s ambitions in the region, although they acknowledged that there was still disagreement over Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians.

There were also public meetings. In 2016, former Saudi intelligence chief Prince Turki al-Faisal publicly met with General Yaakov Amidror, a senior adviser to former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, of the Washington Institute. pro-Israel in Washington.

Then in 2016, a former Saudi general, Anwar Eshki, leading a group of businessmen and academics, held unprecedented talks with Israeli members of the Knesset. Eshki has since appeared on television in support of an agreement with Israel.

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Before President Trump was ousted from power, Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries forced them to make an agreement with Israel (Abraham Agreement), which was seen as removing the rights of Palestine and the issue of Jerusalem in Islam.

Palestinians accuse Israel of systematically working to Judaise East Jerusalem, where Al-Aqsa is located, and to obliterate its Arab and Islamic identity.

For Muslims, Al-Aqsa represents the world’s third-holiest site. Jews, for their part, call the area the Temple Mount, saying it was the site of two Jewish temples in ancient times.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem during the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. It annexed the entire city in 1980, in a move never recognised by the international community.

Under international law, all Jewish settlements in Occupied Territories are considered illegal.

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By Arraale M Jama Freelance Journalist and Human Rights activist.

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