Antony Blinken meets with Netanyahu and Israeli government leaders to find a way out of the war in the Middle East

American Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets with the President of Israel, Isaac Herzog, at the David Kempinski hotel in Tel Aviv (REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein) (EVELYN HOCKSTEIN/)

The US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinkenon his fifth visit to Israel since the war in Gaza began, met this Tuesday with Israeli authorities to discuss formulas to avoid an escalation of the conflict in the region.

“I have just arrived from several countries in the region, Turkey, Greece, Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and I want to share what I heard from those leaders with the president, as I will later do with the prime minister and the cabinet. late today,” Blinken said at the beginning of the meeting in Tel Aviv with the Israeli president, Isaac Herzog.

Later, after meeting with the Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs, Israel KatzBlinken assured that There are “real opportunities” for Israel’s integration in the Middle Eastbut what is necessary overcome a “very difficult moment”, as war rages in Gaza.

The head of American diplomacy also plans to meet later with the prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu; with the Minister of Defense, Yoav Gallant; with the war cabinet and with relatives of the hostages; and tomorrow he will meet in the West Bank with the Palestinian authorities, including the president Mahmoud Abbas.

Blinken meets with Foreign Minister Israel Katz (REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein)
Blinken meets with Foreign Minister Israel Katz (REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein) (EVELYN HOCKSTEIN/)

Blinken arrives in Israel for fifth time since the war began three months ago with the intention of promoting a de-escalation in the conflict, when Israeli military authorities have already announced that the war will soon enter a new, less intense phase and more focused on selective operations.

“I want to thank the United States, President Biden, the administration and you, Secretary Blinken, for your moral duty, for the fact that you stand firm with Israel in this battle, which clearly has to do with humanity and the values of the free world. Thank you very much,” President Herzog said of American support for Israel.

Herzog referred to the audience at the International Criminal Court in The Haguewhich will begin on Thursday, on the complaint of genocide against Israel filed by South Africa, a country that he called “hypocritical.”

“There is nothing more atrocious and absurd than this statement. In reality, our enemies, Hamas, in their charter call for the destruction and annihilation of the State of Israel, the only nation state of the Jewish people. “The Convention against Genocide was promulgated by the international community after one of the worst atrocities of humanity, the Holocaust, which was directed specifically against the Jews, to eliminate the Jewish race, the Jewish people,” the president stated.

The war in Gaza has caused more than 23,000 deaths, some 59,000 injuries and the displacement of 1.9 million people in a territory of 2.3 million people.

(With information from AFP and EFE)