Tue 28 Nov 2023 7:50 am - Jerusalem Time
To discuss the truce and exchange deal: Blinken visits Israel and the West Bank
During these meetings in the Middle East, Blinken will stress the need to continue providing humanitarian assistance to Gaza, ensure the release of all hostages and strengthen the protection of civilians in Gaza.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken will visit Israel and the West Bank again by the end of the week, and will also go to Dubai to attend the United Nations COP28 climate conference, according to what a senior US State Department official announced on Tuesday.
This will be Blinken's third visit to the Middle East since the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip and the "Al-Aqsa Flood" battle on October 7th.
The official said, requesting anonymity, that Blinken "during these meetings in the Middle East, will stress the need to continue providing humanitarian assistance to Gaza, ensure the release of all hostages and enhance the protection of civilians in Gaza."
He added that Blinken will also stress the necessity of establishing an independent Palestinian state, considering that this is the only solution in the long term. He will also address the efforts made to “contain the conflict.”
Blinken, who began a tour in Europe on Monday, will visit Tel Aviv to meet with Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and then he will head to Ramallah to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, according to the official.
No specific date has been announced, but the visit to Israel is supposed to take place on Thursday after Blinken participates on Tuesday and Wednesday in a NATO meeting in Brussels and on Wednesday in a meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe hosted by the Macedonian capital, Skopje.
Blinken embarked on a whirlwind tour of the region shortly after the unprecedented attack launched by Hamas on the “Gaza envelope” settlements and Israeli towns in the south. Since then, he has repeatedly visited Israel and Jordan and also traveled to other Arab countries.
In early November, he undertook a new tour in the region, during which he visited Ramallah for the first time since the start of the recent conflict.
Blinken will visit Dubai on Friday to continue discussions aimed at avoiding any escalation of the conflict, according to the American official. A large number of officials will be present in the emirate to participate in the launch of the COP28 climate summit.