May 24, 2021 - World

Blinken to meet with Israeli officials in the Middle East this week

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Antony Blinken at a press conference on May 21. Photo: Erin Scott/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to the Middle East to meet with Israeli leaders this week as part of the Biden administration's attempt to solidify the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, the White House confirmed Monday.

Why it matters: Biden's strategy to deal with the crisis — which left nearly 250 Palestinians dead over 11 days of fighting — is intense but quiet diplomacy with Israel and Egypt. The current ceasefire held over the weekend.

Details: Blinken will visit to Jerusalem, Ramallah, Cairo, and Amman, he wrote in a tweet.

  • "He will continue our Administration’s efforts to rebuild ties to, and support for, the Palestinian people and leaders, after years of neglect," the White House wrote in a news release.
  • "And he will engage other key partners in the region, including on the coordinated international effort to ensure immediate assistance reaches Gaza in a way that benefits the people there and not Hamas."
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