As Biden visit to Mideast approaches, issues at hand include Abu Akleh, Abbas, Iran

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A senior Israeli official speaking on background to American reporters on Wednesday about U.S. President Joe Biden’s upcoming visit to Israel in the Middle East said he hoped that disagreements about the presentation of results of an independent, U.S.-led investigation into the May 11 death of Palestinian-American Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh in Jenin would not cast a shadow over the visit.

While the Israeli official called Abu Akleh’s death tragic, he noted problems with how the results of the investigation led by the U.S. Security Coordinator (USSC) were presented.

“You shall not abhor an Edomite, for he is your brother. You shall not abhor an Egyptian, because you were an alien in his land.” Deut. 23:7

U.S. President Joe Biden exits Air Force 1 returning from Sacramento, Calif., on Sept. 13, 2021. Credit: Chris Allan/Shutterstock.

On Monday, the U.S. State Department released a statement saying that the investigation could not reach a definitive conclusion, as the bullet that hit Abu Akleh was too badly damaged. Yet the statement said the USSC concluded that the bullet that “likely” hit Abu Akleh came from the Israel Defense Forces by summarizing investigations conducted by Israel and the Palestinian Authority, adding that it was likely not intentional.

“I will say that we do have a problem with the way it was presented, as if the conclusion of the American side is based on a Palestinian [investigation] and an Israeli investigation,” said the official.

The official said he didn’t think there was any comparison between the two investigations.

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