Blinken airs threat to cut support for Israel in watershed moment for conflict

Secretary of State Antony Blinken aired a public threat to withdraw American support for Israel unless Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu complies with U.S. demands for “a series of specific, concrete, and measurable steps” to mitigate humanitarian suffering and civilian casualties.

“If we don’t see the changes that we need to see, there’ll be changes in our own policy,” Blinken told reporters at the outset of his NATO foreign ministerial press conference in Brussels.

His comments came just as a readout of President Joe Biden’s conversation with Netanyahu was reported, in which Biden called for a ceasefire, told Israel to address humanitarian concerns in Gaza, and “made clear that U.S. policy with respect to Gaza will be determined by our assessment of Israel’s
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