The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said this Wednesday that despite the issues to be opposed, the proposal of Hamas for a truce and the release of hostages in Gaza leaves room for negotiations, after Benjamin Netanyahu moved from stopping options. again.
“We have examined in great detail” the proposal of Hamas “and it is clear that there are things that are not reasonable in what is proposed, but we also see the room to continue the negotiations to see if we can reach a agreement, and that’s what we intend to do.” Blinken said during a press conference in Tel Aviv.
His remarks came after his seventh official visit to Israel since the outbreak of war in Gaza on October 7, and after meeting today with the highest Israeli authority and the Palestinian president in the occupied West Bank, as part of in his regional tour. promotes a truce in the Palestinian enclave.
“I don’t speak for Israel or anyone involved, but we believe that the margin of space is there and we have to take advantage of it,” added Blinken, after previous statements by Netanyahu, who this afternoon seemed to deny the options for reaching a truce with Hamas and He appealed to continue “military pressure” for “total victory.”
Hamas presented a three-phase plan for the release of hostages in exchange for the release of Palestinian prisoners, the withdrawal of Israeli Army from Gaza and the end of the military offensive, requests that Israel rejects.
Israel also appears to be preparing for a ground offensive into the southern end of the Strip, the city of Rafah, with Blinken warning that “any military campaign carried out by Israel must take into account first and foremost the civilians.”
Between 1.2 and 1.4 million Palestinians, most of whom are displaced, are crammed into the area, said the Secretary of State, who lamented that civilian deaths from Israeli attacks on the Strip remain “very high .”
“Regarding Rafah, Israel must do everything possible to ensure that civilians are protected and receive the assistance they need in the course of this conflict,” Blinken warned.