Blinken reaffirms Israel’s right to defend itself and stresses that the US will support the provision of aid to Gaza

United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken this Tuesday reaffirmed Israel’s right to “defend itself against attack” following the recent fighting in Gaza and stressed that Washington will support the provision of aid and reconstruction in the Palestinian enclave.

Blinken, who has come to Israel on a tour of the region to try to “consolidate” the ceasefire and “reduce the risk of new conflict,” said one of his goals was “to get the United States involved demonstrate “with Israel’s security and begin to work towards more stability and the reduction of tensions in the West Bank and Jerusalem. “

In a press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, for example, he argued that a further goal is “to support urgent humanitarian aid and reconstruction aid for Gaza, to help the Palestinian people and to further develop relations with the people. Palestinians and the Palestinian Authority “.

Blinken reaffirms Israel’s right to defend itself and stresses that the US will support the provision of aid to Gaza
Blinken reaffirms Israel’s right to defend itself and stresses that the US will support the provision of aid to Gaza

Blinken has stressed US President Joe Biden’s “intense out of the spotlight diplomacy” in an attempt to ease tension, which led to the May 21 ceasefire. “Now we think we have to build on that,” he said.

With this in mind, he stressed that “this begins with the realization that the losses on both sides were profound” and added that “the victims are often reduced to numbers, but behind each figure there is a person”. The fighting has resulted in the deaths of more than 250 people in Gaza and 12 in Israel.

Blinken also noted the United States’ “full support” for “Israel’s right to defend itself against attacks such as the thousands of rockets indiscriminately fired by Hamas against Israeli civilians,” before adding that “this obligation is for Biden is personally “. .

“(Biden) has been a key supporter of Israel over the past 50 years, having worked closely with every Prime Minister of Golda Meir and now Netanyahu,” he said before revealing that Washington will continue to strengthen all aspects of Israel long association “.

In doing so, he has set out that this includes “close consultations” with Israel regarding the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal amid negotiations in Vienna on the possible return of the United States to it after it was unilaterally and unilaterally abandoned in 2018, initiating the imposition of Sanctions against Tehran.

Blinken, who has argued that both countries “continue to work to counter Iran’s destabilizing actions in the region,” has advocated “using the space created by the ceasefire in Gaza” to “bring about a return to violence.” avoid “and” address “the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza. “

“The United States will work to gain international support for these efforts as we make our own significant contributions, including those that I will announce today,” he said, before highlighting that it will work with the international community to ensure that “Hamas does not benefit from aid in reconstruction.”

“We must work to expand opportunities for Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank, including strengthening the private sector, expanding trade and investment, and other means,” he said, explaining that this “will help create a more stable environment to create that benefits the Palestinians and Israelis. “

On the other hand, he affirmed that “Palestinians and Israelis deserve to live in security, to enjoy an equal degree of freedom, opportunity and democracy and to be treated with dignity”. Blinken has also condemned “community violence between Israelis and Palestinians” in recent weeks.

The Secretary of State has also condemned “the shocking outbreak of anti-Semitic attacks” in the North American country and reiterated the condemnation of Biden, who recently said they were “despicable” and “must end”.

“There is still a lot of hard work ahead of us to restore hope, respect and trust between communities, but we have seen the alternative and I think this should lead us to redouble our efforts to redouble peace and improve Double the lives of Israelis and Palestinians. ” riveted.

For his part, Netanyahu thanked Biden and Blinken “for their firm support for Israel’s right to self-defense” and warned: “If Hamas breaks the calm and attacks Israel, our response will be very powerful.”

“We discussed ways of working together to prevent Hamas from rearming itself with weapons and means of aggression,” he affirmed before calling on the United States “not to return to the nuclear deal.” “We believe this will pave the way for Iran to acquire an arsenal of nuclear weapons with international legitimacy,” he said.

“Israel always reserves the right to defend itself against a regime that is determined to destroy us and to acquire nuclear weapons for this purpose,” said Netanyahu at the aforementioned press conference.

He also noted that during his Blinken meeting, “how the lives and conditions of the Palestinians can be improved” and “the humanitarian conditions in Gaza” and “the economic growth of the West Bank with international cooperation and participation” were discussed.

“President Biden was right to say that peace cannot be achieved until Israel is recognized as an independent Jewish state,” he said, before highlighting that Israel and the United States have “shared goals of peace, security and prosperity.” ” to have.

Blinken is scheduled to meet with senior officials from the Israeli government, including President Reuven Rivlin and Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi, before visiting Ramallah for a series of meetings with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. the Palestinian Prime Minister Mohamad Shtayé; and other senior officials in the Palestinian Authority.

He will then travel to Cairo to meet the Egyptian President and Foreign Minister Abdelfatá al Sisi or Samé Shukri. He will then travel to Amman for a meeting with the King and Jordanian Foreign Minister Abdullah II and Ayman Safadi, respectively.

Biden said Monday that Blinken’s trip is at his request and that “he will meet with Israeli leaders to discuss (the United States’) firm commitment to Israel’s security.” He also revealed that the Foreign Minister “will continue the government’s efforts to rebuild relations and support the Palestinian people and leaders after years of neglect”.

The most recent military escalation erupted on May 10 after Hamas fired multiple projectiles, the day after Israeli agents stormed Al-Aqsa mosque, the third holiest place for Muslims, injuring hundreds of believers in the middle of Ramadan.

The incidents at the mosque also came after several days of the suppression of demonstrations against the eviction orders in Sheikh Jarrá neighborhood in East Jerusalem, in which hundreds of Palestinians were injured, and after the postponement of Palestinian legislation due to Israel’s refusal to vote in that area City.

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