United States President Joe Biden forbade a journalist to ask him questions about the conflict between Palestine and Israel.
During a visit to a Ford assembly plant, Biden, while sitting at the wheel of a car, would not comment on the situation going on in the Middle East.
“No, you can’t. Not unless you’re in front of the car when I step on the gas,” CNN quoted Biden as saying to a member of the media who asked if she could ask him a couple of questions advising him on the subject.
However, the president immediately pointed out that the remark was a joke.
On the previous day, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken suggested that the “two states for two peoples” principle was the best solution for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He suggested that Israel should return to the borders that existed before the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.
The conflict between Palestine and Israel escalated in early May. At that time, Israeli authorities began evicting several Arab families in East Jerusalem, provoking unrest and Palestinian protests. On 10 May, the radical group Hamas in control of Gaza intervened.
According to figures as of May 16, cited by both sides, since the escalation of the situation on the border with the Gaza Strip began, Israel has killed 10 people, injured hundreds of citizens and seriously wounded some 50. The enclave announced that over 200 Palestinians had been killed and over 1.2 thousand injured.