Blinken reaffirms US support for Israel in Netanyahu meeting

Secretary of State Antony Blinken reaffirmed the US’ commitment to Israel’s safety throughout a meeting Tuesday with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in which he additionally stated the administration will work to develop “assistance and investment” for Palestinians. 

It was the primary meeting between the 2 since final week’s cease-fire brokered by Egypt that ended 11 days of combating between Israel and Hamas militants. 

“We know that to prevent a return to violence, we have to use the space created to address a larger set of underlying issues and challenges, and that begins with tackling the grave humanitarian situation in Gaza and starting to rebuild​,” Blinken stated throughout the meeting with Netanyahu in Jerusalem.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken joins Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on May 25, 2021.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken emphasised the necessity to “expand opportunity” for Palestinians to create an setting that advantages Palestinians and Israelis.
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He identified that the US will work with worldwide companions to make sure the help doesn’t profit Hamas militants. ​

A senior State Department official admitted Monday “there are no guarantees” that hundreds of thousands of {dollars} being despatched by the United States to assist Palestinians wouldn’t find yourself in the coffers of the Hamas terror group.

“We’re going to be working in partnership with the United Nations and the Palestinian Authority to kind of channel aid there in a manner that does its best to go to the people of Gaza,” the nameless official said during a briefing previewing Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s visit to the Middle East this week. “I’m additionally positive that the Government of Egypt can have some function in that.

Palestinian volunteers and municipal workers clear the rubble of the Hanadi compound, recently destroyed by Israeli strikes, in Gaza City's Rimal district.
Palestinian volunteers and municipal employees clear the rubble of the Hanadi compound, not too long ago destroyed by Israeli strikes, in Gaza City’s Rimal district.
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“As we’ve seen in life, as we all know in life, there are no guarantees,” the official added, “but we’re going to do everything that we can to ensure that this assistance reaches the people who need it the most.”

Blinken emphasised the necessity to “expand opportunity” for Palestinians in order to take care of peace with the Jewish state.

“​At the same time, we need to work to expand opportunity for Palestinians in Gaza and in the West Bank, including by strengthening the private sector, expanding trade and investment, and other means.  Assistance and investment like these will help foster a more stable environment that benefits Palestinians and also benefits Israelis​,” Blinken stated​.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken (center) talks with Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi at Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport, on May 25, 2021.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken (heart) talks with Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi at Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport, on May 25, 2021.
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H​e famous the casualties brought on by the combating – the worst between the Israelis and Hamas in years – and reiterated President Biden’s support for Israel’s proper to defend itself in opposition to assaults, however ​stated either side should construct on the cease-fire.

Blinken stated Biden’s relationship with the Jewish state is private and has grown over the a long time.

“He has been one of Israel’s most steadfast supporters for the last 50 years, having worked closely with every prime minister starting with Golda Meir and now with Prime Minister Netanyahu,” he stated.

“As the prime minister mentioned, we had a detailed discussion about Israel’s security needs, including replenishing Iron Dome. We’ll continue to strengthen all aspects of our longstanding partnership. And that includes consulting closely with Israel, as we did today, on the ongoing negotiations in Vienna around a potential return to the Iran nuclear agreement, at the same time as we continue to work together to counter Iran’s destabilizing actions in the region​,” stated Blinken.

The meeting between Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was the first following the cease-fire that ended 11 days of fighting between Israel and Hamas militants.
The meeting between Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was the primary following the cease-fire that ended 11 days of combating between Israel and Hamas militants.
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The US’ prime diplomat will journey later Tuesday to the West Bank the place he’ll meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas after which head on to Egypt and Jordan earlier than concluding his Middle East go to on Thursday.

Netanyahu thanked the US for its ​allegiance to Israel and its safety, however expressed hope that the Biden administration wouldn’t observe via with a return to the Iran nuclear deal. 

“We discussed many regional issues, but none is greater than Iran​,” Netanyahu stated.

“And I can tell you that I hope that the United States will not go back to the old JCPOA because we believe that that deal paves the way for Iran to have an arsenal of nuclear weapons with international legitimacy​.​ We also reiterated that whatever happens, Israel will always reserve the right to defend itself against a regime committed to our destruction, committed to getting the weapons of mass destruction for that end​,” he stated, referring to the accord’s formal title: the Joint ​Comprehensive Plan of Action.​

The Biden White House ​has entered negotiations with the deal’s remaining companions to re-enter the pact brokered by the Obama administration and signed in 2015. 

But former President Donald Trump withdrew the US from the deal in May 2018 and renewed all US sanctions that had been lifted from Iran as a part of the pact.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) and U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed hope that the United States wouldn’t return to the Iran nuclear deal.
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Netanyahu additionally warned Hamas to not violate the cease-fire.

“We too will give meaning to our commitment to our self-defense. If Hamas breaks the calm and attacks Israel, our response will be very powerful. And we have discussed ways of how to work together to prevent Hamas rearmament with weapons and means of aggression,” the Jewish chief stated. ​​

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