Secretary of State Antony Blinken claimed this past Sunday that President Joe Biden is “still committed” to a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians. Blinken was interviewed by ABC, where he explained that “repairing the structural damage in Gaza and dealing with the humanitarian crisis stemming from the recent outbreak of violence is most important to the administration.”
“Biden has been very clear that he remains committed to a two-state solution. Ultimately, it is the only way to ensure Israel’s future as a Jewish and democratic state and, of course, the only way to give the Palestinians the state to which they’re entitled.”
“But that, I don’t think, is something necessarily for today. We have to start putting in place the conditions that would allow both sides to engage in a meaningful and positive way toward two states,” he added.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been occuring for decades now, and the latest violence has many activists worried that a long-term solution is no where close to feasible right now.
“In the first instance, we have to deal with making this turn from the violence — we have got the cease-fire — and now deal with the humanitarian situation, deal with reconstruction and deepen our existing engagement with Palestinians and with Israelis alike,” Blinken explained.
Blinken continued to discuss how “the violence is likely to repeat itself if a path forward to help Palestinians live with more dignity and with more hope is not reached.”
He also credited President Biden’s efforts in the lead-up to the cease-fire between Hamas, who controls both Gaza and Israel, after 11 straight days of destructive warfare that led to the deaths of 248 Palestinians, 66 of which were children; and 12 citizens of Israel, including two children and one Israeli soldier.
When asked how the US could help assist Gaza in rebuilding all that’s been lost without directly funding Hamas, Blinken explained that the government “would use independent parties that can help do the reconstruction and development.
“Hamas is a quasi-government authority that has brought nothing but ruin to the Palestinian people.”
“What’s the real challenge here is to help the Palestinians and particularly to help moderate Palestinians and the Palestinian Authority deliver better results for their people and, of course, Israel has a profound role to play in that, too,” he said.
As tensions in the Middle East continue, more and more innocent lives are being taken. Activists all around the world have been taking to the streets and social media to express their support and condemnation of the violence that’s occurring to innocent people who were born in a violent space with no protection.
Eric Mastrota is a Contributing Editor at The National Digest based in New York. A graduate of SUNY New Paltz, he reports on world news, culture, and lifestyle. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.