United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken began a trip to the Middle East on Tuesday aimed at preventing a ceasefire between Israel and Gaza's military rulers, Hamas.
You will face similar challenges that have hampered the broad process of peace for more than a decade, including Israeli leadership, Palestinian divisions, and deep-seated tensions surrounding Jerusalem and its sanctuaries.
"There is a lot of hard work that still needs to restore hope, respect and trust in all communities, but we have seen more and that will make us all redouble our efforts to maintain peace and improve the lives of Israelis and Palestinians alike," Blinken said on Tuesday. Benjamin Netanyahu after the arrival of Israel.
He also said the two discussed Israeli security needs, including the U.S. Completing the Iron Dome air defense program and a possible return to the United States in the Iran nuclear deal, which came out of former President Donald Trump.
"We will continue to strengthen all aspects of our old partnership, and that includes close consultation with Israel as we have today in the ongoing negotiations in Vienna," Blinken said, referring to the talks with Tehran.
Buchbut looks at his damaged house after being struck by a rocket fired from Gaza to Sderot, Israel
Amir Buchbut looks at his dilapidated house after being hit by a rocket from Gaza to Sderot, Israel.
Later on Tuesday, Blinken met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, West Bank.
During the meeting, Blinken announced the reopening of the US Consulate General in Jerusalem - a step that restores relations with the Palestinians.
The long-standing ambassador's office served as an independent office responsible for liaison with Palestinians. But former President Donald Trump reduced his operations and placed them under the authority of his ambassador to Israel while delivering the ambassador to Jerusalem.
The move infuriated the Palestinians, who viewed east of Jerusalem as the people and capital of their future province.
The U.S. It seeks to strengthen Abbas in his conflict with the ruling Gamas ruling party in Gaza and in the international arena.
However, Abbas has no control over Gaza and has been sidelined by recent events.
He withdrew the first Palestinian election 15 years ago last month when it appeared his broken Fatah party would be humiliated, and many Palestinians saw him as losing all legitimacy.
However, Abbas is still widely regarded as a representative of the Palestinian people and a key partner in the ongoing peace process.
Blinken will not join another militant group, the Islamist militant group Hamas, which does not respect Israel's right to exist.
He also announced that the Biden administration would inform Congress of its intention to provide $ 75 million in economic development and assistance to the Palestinian people this year. Separately, the U.S. It will provide $ 5.5 million in emergency relief in Gaza, Blinken said.