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Ashkenazi thanks Blinken for US thwarting of Security Council statement on Gaza

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent based in New York

Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabi Ashkenazi talks to the media during a press conference after a meeting of the ministers of foreign affairs of Cyprus, Greece, Israel and United Arab of Emirates in city of Paphos, Cyprus, April 16, 2021. (Iakovos Hatzistavrou Pool via AP)
Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabi Ashkenazi talks to the media during a press conference after a meeting of the ministers of foreign affairs of Cyprus, Greece, Israel and United Arab of Emirates in city of Paphos, Cyprus, April 16, 2021. (Iakovos Hatzistavrou Pool via AP)

Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi speaks with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, thanking him for the United States’ support for Israel’s right to defend itself against Hamas and for blocking a UN Security Council joint statement that would have called for an immediate ceasefire without condemning the Gaza terror group’s rocket fire, according to an Israeli readout.

Ashkenazi told Blinken that “Israel would continue to act against the Hamas terror organization until peace is restored to the communities in the south and center of the country.”

“The entire international community must condemn Hamas, which uses civilians as human shields,” he adds, according to his office.

“We thank our good friend, the United States, for her steadfast support for our side,” says Ashkenazi.

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