Jerusalem: Addressing media persons at David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem on Tuesday 25 May, the US State Secretary Antony Blinken recounted priorities saying: we have to first, demonstrate the commitment of the United States to Israel’s security. Second, work has to begin toward greater stability and to reduce tensions in the West Bank and Jerusalem. Third, we have to support urgent humanitarian and reconstruction assistance for Gaza to benefit the Palestinian people. And fourth, action has to be taken to continue to rebuild US relationship with the Palestinian people and the Palestinian Authority.
Blinken met during the day, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, Foreign Minister Ashkenazi, Defense Minister Gantz in Jerusalem, and President Abbas and Prime Minister Shtayyeh in the West Bank.
In the evening, he held discussions with Knesset opposition leader Yair Lapid and this morning he is meeting President Reuven Rivlin.
Blinken said it is important to work and address the underlying conditions that fuelled this latest conflict. It is also important to attending to the urgent humanitarian needs of Palestinians in Gaza and helping rebuild what they have lost.
He also conveyed US President Biden’s message that Palestinians and Israelis , both equally deserve to live safely and securely.