Blinken in Tel Aviv to discuss Gaza ceasefire


Published: 2024-06-11 10:06

Last Updated: 2024-07-14 08:21

Blinken and Netanyahu
Blinken and Netanyahu

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Israeli Occupation leaders in Tel Aviv on Tuesday as part of his latest Middle East tour to promote a ceasefire plan for Gaza, supported by the UN Security Council.

Blinken met with former Defense Minister Benny Gantz, who resigned from the war government, after meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant. He then met with opposition leader Yair Lapid before heading to Jordan.

This marks Blinken's eighth visit to the region since the onset of the aggression on Gaza. His visit aims to advance the ceasefire proposal announced by President Joe Biden on May 31. The UN Security Council adopted a US-backed resolution supporting the ceasefire plan on Monday.

The US welcomed Biden’s ceasefire proposal, which received the support of 14 countries, while Russia abstained from voting.

Following the session, US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield stated, "Today we voted for peace." She added that the council sent a clear message to Hamas to accept the ceasefire agreement already accepted by Israeli Occupation forces, indicating that the fighting could stop immediately if Hamas agreed.

Hamas welcomed the Security Council's adoption of the resolution, expressing readiness to work with mediators for indirect negotiations on implementing these principles, which meet the demands of the Palestinian people and resistance, including a permanent ceasefire in Gaza and complete withdrawal of Israeli Occupation forces from the territory.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas also welcomed the Security Council's adoption of the resolution on Monday, calling it "a step in the right direction to stop the ongoing genocide against our people in Gaza."

On Monday, Blinken urged Arab governments from Cairo to pressure Hamas into accepting the ceasefire proposal in Gaza, emphasizing the ongoing efforts for a ceasefire and the release of captives. Blinken claimed that Hamas was the only obstacle to a ceasefire agreement, adding that the best way to secure the release of all captives, including Americans, was to accept the ceasefire.