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Blinken Visits Israel and the West Bank
Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority on Tuesday saying that Israelis and Palestinians both deserve peace and dignity.
“The first point is a vote of thanks to President Biden and you for firmly supporting Israel’s right of self-defense. We, too, will give meaning to our commitment to our self-defense. If Hamas breaks the calm and attacks Israel, our response will be very powerful.” “We believe that Palestinians and Israelis equally deserve to live safely and securely to enjoy equal measures of freedom, opportunity and democracy, to be treated with dignity.” “The aspirations of the Palestinian people are like those of people everywhere — to live in freedom, to have their basic rights respected, including the right to choose their own leaders, to live in security, to have equal access to opportunity for themselves and their children, to be treated with dignity. And my message today is that the United States is committed, Mr. President, to working with you for working with the Palestinian people to realize these aspirations. Thank you for having us here.”
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