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A top Israeli official is pushing for US bipartisan support on Sunday against the establishment of a Palestinian state, which he argues would be a reward for Hamas and its backer Iran. 

This comes as some European Union members, including Ireland, Spain, Slovenia, and Malta, have expressed intentions to recognize a Palestinian state this month, seeing a two-state solution as essential for lasting peace.


Israel’s foreign minister, Israel Katz, argued for what he sees as potential threats posed by a Palestinian state during his meeting with top House Republican Elise Stefanik. Katz warned that Iran would use the state as a base to “work towards the destruction of Israel.” He urged the US to lead a resolution at the International Energy Agency’s council next month, aiming to impose further sanctions on Iran to prevent it from obtaining nuclear weapons and supporting groups like Hamas.

Katz’s appeal comes amid ongoing tensions, with Stefanik playing a significant role in addressing the protests across US college campuses against Israel’s war in Gaza and in support of Palestinians’ right to self-determination. These protests have intensified since the Gaza war erupted.

The conflict began after Hamas launched a cross-border assault on Israel on October 7, resulting in the deaths of 1,200 people and the capture of 253 hostages, according to Israeli sources. Since then, Gaza’s health ministry reports that at least 35,386 Palestinians have been killed in the ensuing violence.


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