The United States believes that a ceasefire in Israel’s military offensive in the Gaza Strip will give the Palestinian militant group Hamas a breather and allow it to regroup and carry out another attack similar to the one on October 7, the US said today. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, quoted by Reuters.
The White House’s top diplomat made the statement during a press conference in the Jordanian capital of Amman, which he gave jointly with the foreign ministers of Jordan and Egypt, demanding an immediate ceasefire in the enclave. The US Secretary of State’s visit to Jordan is part of his second tour in the Middle East after the outbreak of war between the Palestinian Islamist movement “Hamas” and Israel on October 7, BTA reported.
At the press conference, Blinken emphasized the unanimity of Washington and the Arab states that the current situation, in which the Gaza Strip is under the control of the radical Palestinian movement “Hamas”, cannot be maintained. He added that he had discussed with his Arab counterparts the preparation of a better plan for a two-state solution to the conflict.
Blinken also noted Washington’s concern over violence in the West Bank by extremist Jewish settlers against Palestinians.
Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said in turn that Israel is committing “war crimes” and cannot be placed above international law. Safadi pointed out that the primary responsibility for ending the war in Gaza lies with the US Secretary of State.
Meanwhile, in his meeting with Blinken, Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said that the incessant Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip had complicated the emirate’s mediation for the release of the hostages held by Hamas, Reuters also reported.