25 May 2021

US Secretary of State meets Israeli and Palestinian leaders and pledges Gaza aid

Europe Editor and Presenter

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has arrived in Jerusalem to sprinkle some American diplomacy and to cement his support for the ceasefire which is holding between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

He’s been holding talks with both Israeli Prime Minsiter Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank – because America does not recognise Hamas.

Blinken has promised millions of dollars in aid to help rebuild Gaza after the devastating 11-day battle, which has seen vast swathes of Gaza destroyed and more than 250 people killed. But little word of the two-state solution apparently favoured by President Biden.