I come here also as a Jew: US Secretary of State Blinken

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United States(US) Secretary of State Antony Blinken Blinken met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv. A joint press conference was held after the bilateral meeting. Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, hosting the secretary at a press conference televised live in Israel and the US, told Blinken his visit is another tangible example of America’s unequivocal support for Israel. 

I come here also as a Jew: US Secretary of State Blinken

United States(US) Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv. A joint press conference was held after the bilateral meeting. Netanyahu, hosting the secretary at a press conference televised live in Israel and the US, told Blinken his visit is another tangible example of America’s unequivocal support for Israel. 

"I am here today not only as the US Secretary of State but also as a Jew," Blinken emphasized.

adding that thousands of reservists were mobilized to help Israel and congratulated the Israeli people for their courage.

"I bring a clear message to Israel: You may be strong enough to defend yourself. But as long as the US exists, you will never have to do this because we will always be with you," Blinken noted.

Stating that they welcomed Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and opposition Benny Gantz's agreement to establish an 'emergency government', Blinken said that the US will always provide Israel with the necessary assistance and that there is great support for this in Congress. 

"I reiterate President Biden's warning yesterday that any state or non-state actors who want to use the current crisis to attack Israel, don't do it. The United States is behind Israel," Blinken noted.

NETANYAHU CALLS FOR SANCTIONS AGAINST HAMAS SUPPORTERS

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emphasized that Blinken's visit was another concrete example of the unrivaled US support for Israel.

"The US is on our side," Netanyahu noted.

Netanyahu thanked President Joe Biden and the US people for their support in their "war against Hamas" and called on no country leader to meet with Hamas.

"They should be excluded from international organizations," Netanyahu said, calling for sanctions against those who support Hamas.

'HAMAS DOES NOT REPRESENT PALESTINIAN PEOPLE'

Noting that people from 36 countries have disappeared or died in the Israel-Palestine war,

"We know that Hamas does not represent the Palestinian people or their desire to live in equality, security, freedom, justice and dignity," Blinken said.

"We value human life and dignity. That is why it is so important to take every possible precaution to prevent harm to civilians. That is why we mourn the loss of every innocent life and the death of civilians of all faiths and nationalities," he added.

On the other hand, at the press conference, Blinken again brought up unfounded allegations that babies and children are being killed in Israel.US President Joe Biden also expressed these allegations, and the White House provided an explanation on the issue. The White House explained that US President Joe Biden's claims that "terrorists (in Israel) behead children" were based on media reports and claims by Israeli officials.

BLINKEN MET WITH ISRAELI COUNTERPART

On the other hand, Blinken also met with his Israeli counterpart Eli Cohen during his visit to Israel. In a written statement made by the Israeli Foreign Ministry, it was noted that Blinken and Cohen met and Cohen thanked Blinken for the US support for Israel.

Pointing out that Israel-US relations have strengthened in recent years,

"The people of Israel will always remember the support of the United States in these difficult times," the statement said.

In the statement, it was stated that a message of "cooperation against terrorism" was given during the meeting.

WHAT HAPPENED

Hamas's military wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, announced that they launched a comprehensive attack against Israel called "Al-Aqsa Flood" on the morning of October 7.

While thousands of rockets were fired from Gaza towards Israel, armed groups entered the settlements in the region.

The Israeli army also launched an attack on the Gaza Strip with dozens of warplanes.

Source: Newsroom

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