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During his Middle East tour, Secretary of State Antony Blinken voiced concerns about the escalating war in Gaza, stating, “This is a moment of profound tension for the region. This is a conflict that could easily metastasize, causing even more insecurity and suffering.”
Despite his warning, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “The war must not be stopped until we achieve all the goals – the elimination of Hamas, the return of all our hostages and ensuring that Gaza will no longer pose a threat to Israel.”
Netanyahu’s unwavering commitment to the military offensive aligns with the Israeli public’s strong support, even as the international community calls for peace. In contrast, Blinken met with regional leaders to discuss the United States’ stance against the forced displacement of Palestinians. He emphasized, “Palestinian civilians must be able to return home as soon as conditions allow,” reflecting the US’s position on ensuring the rights and safety of Palestinian residents.
As the war continues with devastating casualties on both sides, Secretary Blinken has noted there are significant challenges ahead that will lead to “difficult conversations and hard decisions.” He added, “Our partners are willing to have these difficult conversations and to make hard decisions.”