U.S. Secretary of State, Antony BlinkenOn Tuesday, in the fifth visit to the region since the war began, a U.S. diplomatic chief asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to avoid further harm to Gaza civilians, the State Department reported.
“secretary Reaffirms support for Israel’s right to prevent recurrence of terrorist attacks October 7, and emphasized The importance of preventing further harm to civilians (…) in Gaza,” said State Department spokesman Matthew Miller.
“The Secretary reiterated the need to ensure lasting and sustainable peace in Israel and the region, including through establish a Palestinian state“He added.
Blinken also discussed with Netanyahu “ongoing efforts to secure the release of Gaza hostages,” whose number now exceeds 130, with an estimated 24 dead, and wanted to emphasize “increasing humanitarian assistance to civilians” The Importance of Levels” in Gaza. “
Blinken held several meetings with government leaders before meeting with the prime minister.
“I just arrived from several countries in the region, Turkey, Greece, Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and I want to share what I’m hearing from those leaders,” Blinken said at the start of the call. “Aviv and the President. Israel, Isaac Herzog.
Later, after meeting with the Israeli Foreign Minister, Israel KatzBlinken assured There is a ‘real opportunity’ for Israel to integrate into the Middle Eastbut what is the need Overcoming ‘very difficult moment’, As the war in Gaza intensifies.
In turn, the Israeli defense minister told Blinken that it was important to increase pressure on the Iranian regime, which supports multiple anti-Israel axis terrorist groups. “Intensifying pressure on Iran is critical to prevent an otherwise escalating regional situation,” Yove Galante said during a meeting with U.S. diplomats, according to an Israeli government statement.
Blinken arrives in Israel for the fifth time since the beginning of the war Three months ago, the Israeli military authorities had announced that the war would soon enter a new, less intense phase with a greater focus on selective actions aimed at promoting de-escalation.
“I want to thank the United States, President Biden, the administration and you, Secretary Blinken, for your moral responsibility and for standing steadfastly with Israel in this fight, which is clearly about humanity and values. A free world. . Thank you very much,” President Herzog said of U.S. support for Israel.
Herzog told the audience international criminal court in the hagueThe meeting will begin on Thursday with a response to South Africa’s accusations of genocide against Israel, which he called a “hypocritical” country.
“There is nothing more atrocious and absurd than this statement. In fact, our enemy Hamas calls in its charter for the destruction and annihilation of the State of Israel, the sole nation-state of the Jewish people. “In humanity,” the president said The international community promulgated the Convention against Genocide in the wake of one of the worst atrocities, the Holocaust, which specifically targeted the Jewish people and aimed at annihilating the Jewish race and the Jewish people. “
The war in Gaza has killed more than 23,000 people, injured about 59,000 and displaced 1.9 million people in the territory of 2.3 million people.
(Information from AFP and EFE)