United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken has urged Israel to take measures to avoid causing further harm to civilians in its ongoing conflict with Gaza.
During a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv on Tuesday, Blinken emphasized the importance of protecting civilian infrastructure in Gaza, according to State Department spokesman Matthew Miller.
Blinken reiterated the U.S. support for Israel’s right to defend itself against the terrorist attacks of October 7, and he expressed the need for lasting, sustainable peace in the region.
He specifically advocated for the realization of a Palestinian state as a crucial step towards resolving the broader and long-standing conflict.
“Many countries in the region are prepared to invest when the conflict is over in [Gaza’s] reconstruction and security,” Blinken said. “But it is essential to them that there also be a clear pathway to the realisation of a palestinian political state.”