Secretary of State Antony Blinken waves as he departs, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Blinken is en route to the Middle East. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool)
UPDATED 12:47 PM PT – Tuesday, May 25, 2021
U.S Secretary of State Antony Blinken promised that the U.S. will help rebuild Gaza, following the recent ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.
During his visit to Jerusalem on Tuesday, he spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Blinken delivered a statement confirming Washington’s efforts to ensure that Hamas will not benefit from the humanitarian aid for the Palestinian people.
The U.S. recently helped broker the truce between the terrorist group and Israel after 11 days of deadly fighting. Blinken went on to discuss the main purposes of his Middle Eastern trip.
“To demonstrate the commitment of the United States to Israel’s security to start to work toward greater stability and reduce tensions in the West Bank and Jerusalem,” he stated. “…To support urgent humanitarian and reconstruction assistance for Gaza, to benefit the Palestinian people, and to continue to rebuild our relationship with the Palestinian people and the Palestinian Authority.”
Netanyahu warned Hamas against breaking the ceasefire by assuring Israel would have a powerful response if the terrorists attacked. He also urged the U.S. not to return to the Iran Nuclear Deal, which he suggests will allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons.
Blinken is set to visit with Palestinian officials in the West Bank as well as with leaders of Egypt and Jordan.