(ReliableNews.org) – American and Egyptian diplomats helped negotiate a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas late last week, ending 11 days of hostilities. A few days later, the Biden administration abruptly announced it would engage with both sides in person.
President Joe Biden abruptly announced on Monday, May 24, that he asked Secretary of State Tony Blinken to visit the Middle East this week to meet with Israeli officials and other leaders in the region. Biden’s announcement said Blinken would advise Israeli leaders of the administration’s “ironclad commitment to Israel’s security.”
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Blinken met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other officials Tuesday morning before meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Although Blinken expressed support for Israel’s right to defend itself, he spent considerable time on the importance of a two-state solution between Palestinians and Israelis. He also said the US would provide over $5 million in disaster assistance to Gaza.
Biden’s position regarding the Middle East stands in stark contrast to the pro-Israel position held by former President Donald Trump. Perhaps it’s time for Biden to consider showing more support for one of America’s most important allies in the region.
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