Antony Blinken assured that paving the way to a Palestinian state is “the best solution to isolate Iran”

Blinken speaks to the media after finishing his tour of the Middle East (REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein) (EVELYN HOCKSTEIN/)

The US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinkenassured today that paving the way for the establishment of a Palestinian state is “the best solution to isolate Iran”, a country that Washington accuses of supporting Hamas and Yemen’s Houthi rebels in their attacks in the Red Sea.

In statements to the press from the Cairo airport, where the American concluded a week-long tour of the Middle East today, Blinken assured that he found consensus among the Arab leaders with whom he has met for the creation of a Palestinian state.

This would not only stop the war in the Gaza Strip, but also end the historic conflict between Israel and Palestinein addition to “isolate Iran and its allies”among which Blinken highlighted Hamas and the Houthi rebels, and to guarantee the “security and integration” of the Jewish State in the Middle East.

“Security and integration [regional] of Israel are linked to opening the way to a Palestinian state“, said.

The Arab-Israeli rapprochement allows isolating Tehran “and its allies who cause so much damage [a Estados Unidos] and almost everyone in the region,” he said, alluding to attacks by Yemen’s Houthi rebels, backed by Iran, against ships in the Red Sea.

“I think this vision is very clear for many leaders” in the Middle Easthe insisted.

In 2020, three Arab countries —Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Morocco— signed agreements with Israelafter Egypt and Jordan in 1979 and 1994.

The war that rages Gaza Strip after the deadly attack by the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas On October 7, he interrupted a similar process initiated by Saudi Arabia.

“The conflict must cease for the situation to evolve”Blinken said.

Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi (right) welcomes United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken (EFE/EPA/EGYPTIAN PRESIDENTIAL OFFICE)
Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi (right) welcomes United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken (EFE/EPA/EGYPTIAN PRESIDENTIAL OFFICE) (EGYPTIAN PRESIDENTIAL OFFICE / H/)

The head of US diplomacy, who began his tour in order to prevent the expansion of the Gaza war in the regionwas optimistic and said that he does not believe there will be an escalation in the exchange of border fire that has been taking place since October 8 between Israel and the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah.

Likewise, it was again shown forceful regarding attacks by Houthi rebels against merchant ships in the Red Sea, and reiterated his threat that if these actions continue they will be met with a response from the naval coalition led by the United States and the United Kingdom.

On the other hand, Blinken stated that during his tour he has made efforts to prevent further escalation of violence in the occupied West Bank, and urged Israel to take measures to protect civilians during its military campaign in Gaza, where more than 23,000 people have died in just over three months.

In this sense, he reaffirmed the United States’ support for Israel in terms of its right to defend itself from the multiple attack launched by Hamas on October 7, which resulted in 1,200 deaths and the capture of some 250 hostages by the Islamist group. At a time when Israel’s military operations are entering a new phase, Blinken assured that during his trip he has focused on “the day after” in Gaza, how to guarantee security there and the reform of the Authority. National Palestinian Authority (PNA) to assume responsibility in the enclave.

Israel “demobilized a significant number of forces” deployed in Gaza, said the American diplomat.

Blinken, who passed through Israel, met in Cairo with the Egyptian president, Abdel Fatah al Sisibefore flying back to the United States, at the end of a tour of nine countries, including Türkiye and Saudi Arabiaas well as West Bank occupied, to avoid contagion of the Gaza conflict in the region.

(With information from EFE and AFP)