The US Secretary of State arrived Anthony Blinken Friday morning to Israel on her third visit since the operation Al-Aqsa floodThe Americans say it aims to pressure Israeli leaders to take concrete steps to limit the harm to civilians in Gaza.
Shortly after his arrival, Blinken began a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and is scheduled to participate in a meeting of the Israeli security government..
Blinken said yesterday that securing the release of more than 200 detainees held by the Palestinian resistance will be one of the issues that will be discussed during the visit.
The American New York Times newspaper quoted White House officials as saying that Blinken would urge Israel to agree to a series of short and temporary cessation of military operations, to allow the release of detainees and the distribution of humanitarian aid in Gaza.
White House officials confirmed to the newspaper that the request for a temporary ceasefire is different from a comprehensive ceasefire, which the US President’s administration rejects joe biden It believes that it will benefit the Palestinian resistance movement (Hamas) and prevent Israel from the necessary response to the Al-Aqsa flood operation.
Defense Department spokesman Pat Ryder said, “We do not support a ceasefire because it gives Hamas time to regroup and launch new attacks on Israeli citizens. We support a temporary humanitarian truce to enable humanitarian aid to enter as well as for the exit of hostages and detainees.”
Blinken will head to Jordan after his visit to Israel, and will then begin a tour of Asian countries including Japan, South Korea, and India.