Blinken pushes for Israel to work with Palestinians, maintains no genocide

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged Israeli leaders to work with moderate Palestinians for a prosperous and safe long-term resolution to the war in Gaza.

Blinken, who was in Israel to meet with leaders on Tuesday, reiterated many of the Biden administration’s stances, including that U.S. officials would like to see the Israeli military take greater steps to protect civilian lives, allow more aid into Gaza, and prevent an expanded conflict in the region.

He said Israel needs to support Palestinian leaders “who are willing to lead their people living side-by-side in peace with Israel,” though the U.S. has proposed a revamped Palestinian Authority, which currently leads the West Bank, and the Israelis do not want to see it govern Gaza.

“Israel must stop taking steps that undercut Palestinians’ ability to govern themselves effectively,” Blinken said. “Extremists’ settler violence carried
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