Blinken holds talks with Netanyahu as US advocates for humanitarian breaks in Gaza conflict

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken in Tel Aviv on Friday.

The United States’ top diplomat arrived in Tel Aviv on Friday with the primary goal of advocating for humanitarian pauses in the ongoing Gaza conflict. This visit comes after Israel announced the encirclement of the Palestinian enclave’s largest city, a central point of its campaign to eliminate Hamas.

During his second trip to Israel in a month, Blinken is scheduled to engage in discussions with Netanyahu regarding specific measures aimed at reducing harm to civilians in Gaza. The region is grappling with severe shortages of essential supplies such as food, fuel, water, and medicine, extensive destruction of buildings, and a significant number of people forced to leave their homes to escape continuous airstrikes.

The White House emphasized that any cessation of hostilities should be temporary and limited in scope. It has rejected appeals from Arab nations and various other countries for a comprehensive ceasefire in the conflict, which has now entered its 28th day.