Blinken seeks Israel’s ‘equal’ treatment of Palestinians

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Raw Story: Secretary of State Antony Blinken called Friday on Israel to ensure “equal” treatment of the Palestinians as the new US administration cautiously steps up efforts for a two-state solution.

In a telephone call with Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi, Blinken “emphasized the administration’s belief that Israelis and Palestinians should enjoy equal measures of freedom, security, prosperity and democracy,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said.

Blinken also committed to “strengthening all aspects of the US-Israel partnership” and voiced support for the Jewish state’s agreements over the past year to normalize relations with four more Arab nations.

The call comes amid another spell of political uncertainty in Israel, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party securing the most votes but failing to secure a majority in the fourth election in two years.

President Joe Biden, while stressing his support for Israel, has also signalled he will back away from the unwavering support of the right-wing Netanyahu by his predecessor Donald Trump.

The administration has stepped up humanitarian aid to the Palestinians and in recent days made clear that it believes that Israel’s control of the West Bank is “occupation.”

“We believe when it comes to settlement activity that Israel should refrain from unilateral steps that exacerbate tensions and that undercut efforts to advance a negotiated two-state solution,” Price said Thursday.

Blinken’s predecessor Mike Pompeo broke precedent by saying he did not consider Israeli construction on land seized in 1967 to be illegal and he visited a settlement in the West Bank last year.

Blinken has nonetheless made clear that the administration will not roll back some of Trump’s signature moves, including recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

https://www.rawstory.com/blinken-seeks-israels-equal-treatment-of-palestinians-2651338609/

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Whereas the Biden Administration will have to “do the little dance” promoting the two-state “solution” in Palestine, facts on the ground are such that there is no way this could happen. Maybe back in 1978 with the Camp David Accords, but not in 2021. Israel has made it very clear to the world that Greater Israel, from the Nile to the Euphrates, is the ultimate Zionist goal.

    Trump and US Christian Zionists are fully onboard with this plan. They’re a death cult that hopes for a cataclysmic conflict that would turn the USA into some kind of Zionist theocracy. Under Trump, they almost got their wish. Christian Zionist Pompeo just ran out of time before he could attack Iran. Oh, well…

  2. “Israelis and Palestinians should enjoy equal measures of freedom, security, prosperity and democracy,”…committed to “strengthening all aspects of the US-Israel partnership” These two statements are at odds with each other. Which means SOS,DD. The fact they will not roll back Trumps shit says it all. The Zionists are just playing a political shell game.

  3. Maybe the U.S. President can get the Israelis to stop shooting the Palestinian children for petty offences such as getting closer to the Gaza border fence than the IDF think proper. Too many little incidents end with the Palestinians shot dead. Not killing their children might make for a good starting point toward equal rights. Google “One Shot, Two Kills” to get an idea what life is like for a Palestinian..!!