US President Joe Biden has received a briefing from his national security adviser on the ongoing violence between Israelis and Palestinians, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday.
Biden had directed his team to "engage intensively" with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, she said. "His team is communicating a clear and consistent message in support of de-escalation and that is our primary focus. The President's support for Israel's security, for its legitimate right to defend itself and its people is fundamental and will never waver."
She condemned Hamas rocket attacks into Jerusalem but also said "we stand against extremism that has inflicted violence on both communities."
US officials have "spoken candidly" with Israeli officials about the eviction of Palestinians from East Jerusalem, Psaki said, saying they worked against shared interests of reducing violence.
"We believe Palestinians and Israelis deserve equal measures of freedom, security, dignity and prosperity," she said.