Antony Blinken Reaffirms Biden’s Support For Two-state Solution For Israel And Palestine

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on May 23 affirmed President Joe Biden’s commitment to a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine. Ahead of his visit to the Middle East, Blinken told ABC News that without solutions that afforded Palestinians more dignity, the cycle of violence was likely to continue. He said that “ultimately” the two-state solution is the “only way” to ensure Israel’s future as a Jewish and democratic state, and of course the only way to give Palestinians the state to which they’re “entitled”. Although, Blinken also acknowledged that it would take some time to get to that point. 

While speaking to the media outlet, Blinken credited Biden’s quiet diplomacy for the ceasefire secured between Hamas, which controls Gaza, and Israel. Blinken argued that in the near term, the most important objective was rebuilding the massive structural damage in Gaza and solving the resulting humanitarian crisis. He said that the reconstruction, rebuilding of what’s been lost, engaging both sides in trying to start to make real improvements in the lives of people so that Israelis and Palestinians can live with equal measures of security, peace and of dignity, has to “start now”. 

The US official even stressed that equality should be the goal of any government in a democratic society. Blinken said that it is “vitally important” that Palestinians feel hope and have the opportunity and can live in security just as it for Israelis. “There should be equal measures,” he said. 

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