The US Secretary of State affirms that as long as his country exists, Israel will not have to defend itself

US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, insisted this Thursday in Tel Aviv that as long as his country exists, Israel will not have to defend itself.

“The message I bring to Israel is that you may be strong enough to defend yourself, but as long as the United States exists, you will never have to. We will always be there by your side,” Blinken said in a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Blinken accuses Hamas of using civilians as human shields

The Secretary of State of the United States, Antony Blinken, assured this Thursday that Gaza civilians are not the target of Israeli attacks and accused Hamas of using them as “human shields” against Israel’s bombings.

“Hamas continues to use civilians as human shields, something that is not new, something it has always done, intentionally putting civilians in danger to protect itself,” Blinken declared at a press conference in Tel Aviv.

Herzog Israel blames all of Gaza for attack

The president of Israel, Isaac Herzog, today blamed “all of Gaza” for the attack perpetrated last Saturday by the Islamist movement Hamas, which has killed more than 1,300 Israelis, and justified the intense bombings on the strip, which have severely damaged infrastructure. civil and housing, in addition to causing numerous deaths.

“There is an entire nation (in reference to the Gaza Strip) out there that is responsible. “That civilians were not aware, they are not informed of what was going to happen, is completely false,” the president said in a press conference with foreign media.

According to the president, Gazans could have “fought against the evil regime that took over Gaza in a coup d’état,” referring to the Islamist movement Hamas, which took de facto power in the Palestinian enclave in 2007, facing the Palestinian president’s party. , Mahmoud Abbas, who governs small parts of the occupied West Bank through the Palestinian National Authority.

Blinken guarantees Herzog that Israel will win the war

The Secretary of State of the United States, Antony Blinken, guaranteed this Thursday to the Israeli president, Isaac Herzog, during a meeting in Tel Aviv that Israel will win the war with the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas thanks to American help.

Blinken arrived in Tel Aviv to express his solidarity after the unprecedented attack committed on the 7th by Hamas against Israel and to address bilateral cooperation in the new Gaza war.

At the beginning of the meeting with Herzog, the head of American diplomacy declared that the bloody attack against Israel “is almost impossible to understand” and that it will be “very difficult to erase from minds and hearts.”

“But I sense an intense determination in Israel to win and the United States is here as its ally to help ensure that it does,” Blinken stressed.

The Palestinian president will meet with Blinken

The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, will meet this Friday in Amman with the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, to talk about the war between Israel and the Islamist group Hamas, according to the secretary general of the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Hussein al-Sheikh.

The interview, according to the PLO secretary general, is “part of the 24-hour effort by the Palestinian leadership to stop this devastating war.”

The official Jordanian television Al Mamlaka assured that the meeting between Abbas and Blinken will take place in Amman, where the Palestinian president is traveling this Thursday to meet with King Abdullah II.

NATO tells Israel it has the right to defend itself

In Brussels, NATO countries expressed their solidarity with Israel on Thursday and stressed that it has the right to defend itself against the terrorist attacks of the Islamist movement Hamas “with proportionality.”

The Alliance’s Defense Ministers heard first-hand information about the situation from their Israeli counterpart, Yoav Gallant, who participated by videoconference in the meeting they have held since Wednesday in Brussels.

In a statement after the virtual meeting, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg made clear the Atlantic Alliance’s condemnation “in the strongest possible terms” of the “horrible” terrorist attacks committed by Hamas in Israel since last year. of week.

Gallant informed allied ministers of “the atrocities perpetrated by Hamas against Israeli civilians and nationals of several NATO allies,” while Stoltenberg declared that “Israel is not alone.”

By Nadeem Faisal Baiga