Monday, February 26

Blinken Visits the Middle East to Perpetuate the File

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit the Israeli government and Palestinian leaders on Tuesday.

 

The aim is to consolidate the ceasefire that came about last week after 11 days of deadly bombardments between Israel and Hamas.

“Minister Blinken will speak to Israeli leaders about our unwavering commitment to the security of Israel. He will continue our government’s efforts to restore ties with and support for the Palestinian people and leaders after years of neglect,” said US President Joe Biden in an explanation of the visit.

Biden, who has been criticized by many within his own Democratic party for not putting more open pressure on ally Israel to declare a ceasefire, praised his government’s “quiet, relentless diplomacy” to end the campaign.

Israel’s response to Hamas rocket fire has also drawn sharp criticism from lefties in the US Congress who have questioned US arms sales to Israel.

In addition to meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas, Blinken will also go to Cairo to consult with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and then to Amman to meet with Jordanian King Abdullah II.

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