Tel Aviv: Israeli President Isaac Herzog met with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who is visiting Israel and the region, at the presidential residence in Jerusalem on Wednesday afternoon. This was their sixth meeting since the atrocities committed by Hamas against Israel on October 7.
President Herzog thanked Blinken and the Biden administration for their support, saying, “President Biden has been a longtime friend of the State of Israel, he cares about its security.” And following in the footsteps of stalwarts like President Harry Truman, understanding that the bond between Israel and the United States serves both countries and serves the national interests of the United States. And I am very grateful and honored to reiterate our gratitude.”
Herzog described the current situation of Israeli hostages in Gaza as “dire” and said, “Clearly Hamas is violating every rule of human behavior in this regard.” “We are not at war with the citizens of Gaza,” Herzog said. “We are at war with Hamas.” Herzog also said he hoped there was a “ray of hope” and that relations between Israel and the Kingdom would normalize. Of Saudi Arabia.” Cryptically, Blinken responded that he “very much” appreciated Israel’s emphasis on “the imperative to protect civilians and provide humanitarian assistance to those in need” in Gaza.
On the Arab world, Blinken said that from his visits to various countries he believes “a very positive, powerful future is possible, one that really integrates Israel into the region and being able to live in peace.” “Addresses its most profound security needs.” And real security.