US Secretary of State will travel to the Middle East to request a ceasefire

US Secretary of State will travel to the Middle East to request a ceasefire

Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit Egypt, Qatar, Israel and Jordan to ask Israel and Hamas for the proposal to end hostilities in Gaza presented by US President Joe Biden.


The US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinkenwill travel to middle East next week to put pressure on Israel and Hamas to accept the proposal of ceasefire presented by the president Joe Biden. He will visit Egypt, Qatar (mediators in the conflict), Israel and Jordan.

Blinken, head of US diplomacy, “will discuss how the ceasefire proposal would benefit both Israelis and Palestinians“, the State Department announced in a statement. A week ago, Biden announced a new proposal for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.

Since then, peace negotiations between Israel and Hamas did not advance. Blinken’s trip will try to unblock them and stop the clashes and bombings that they continue generating civilian victims. “He will emphasize that would alleviate suffering in Gazawould allow a massive increase in humanitarian aid and allow Palestinians to return to their neighborhoods,” the statement explained. Department of State.

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Another benefit of the ceasefire proposal, according to what Blinken will try to convince, would be the calm that it would generate throughout the Israel’s northern border with Lebanon and, thus, lower Israel’s tensions with its Arab neighbors, who are very critical of the military offensive in Gaza.

From the Palestinian Ministry of Health, Almost 36,000 Palestinians have died, including children and babies, in Israel’s military attacks on the Gaza Strip. Israel began its offensive in response to the Hamas attack on communities in southern Israel on October 7 last year, where they murdered nearly 1,200 people and captured more than 250 hostages, according to the Israeli government.

The ceasefire proposal released by Biden

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Israel’s proposal announced by Biden has three phases. The first involves a cessation of the military offensive and the withdrawal of troops from the Gaza Strip for six weeks. Hamas has been calling for a permanent cessation. In the second phase there would be a exchange of Israeli hostages for Palestinian prisoners. In the latter, there would be a large Gaza reconstruction reconstruction plan.

Biden was very optimistic and assured that the announced proposal is an agreement “that bring all the hostages home, guarantees Israel’s securitycreates a better life in Gaza without Hamas in power and sets the stage for a political agreement that provides a better future for Israelis and Palestinians alike.

Hamas values ​​Israel’s proposal to stop

The Palestinian group Hamas valued this Friday Israel’s ceasefire proposal presented by the president of the United States, Joe Biden.

Hamas confirms its willingness to deal positively and constructively with any proposal based on a ceasefire permanent and complete withdrawal (of Israeli forces) from the Gaza Strip, the reconstruction (of Gaza), and the return of the displaced to their places, together with the fulfillment of a genuine prisoner exchange agreement if the occupation announces clearly its commitment to this agreement,” the Palestinian group said in a statement.

Source: Ambito

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