Blinken to Netanyahu: Israel must 'avoid further expansion' of war

 

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, May 1, 2024.

(JNS) - U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Israeli leaders as part of his Middle East tour to Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, his seventh trip to the Jewish state since the current Hamas war broke out on Oct. 7.

Blinken met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, where they "discussed ongoing efforts to reach an immediate ceasefire in Gaza as part of a hostage deal and emphasized that it is Hamas that is standing in the way of a ceasefire," according to an official statement from the U.S. State Department.

"Secretary Blinken reaffirmed...



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