Continuing his press conference, Secretary of State Blinken says that in meetings today with both Israeli and Palestinian leaders, he discussed efforts to prevent the conflict from spreading to the West Bank, Lebanon or other areas.
He says breaking the cycle of violence will require Israel to improve the lives of Palestinians in both the West Bank and Gaza “in immediate, tangible ways,” adding that they should be provided with a credible path toward statehood.
Blinken says he discussed in his meetings “practical steps” that can be taken to this end, while recognizing that the ultimate goal won’t be easy to reach.
Asked about what the US means by its goal of a “revitalized” Palestinian Authority eventually governing a united West Bank and Gaza, Blinken doesn’t get too specific, but says Ramallah will have to undergo reforms, rid itself of corruption and promote a free press.
He says the US also supports Palestinian elections in principle, but clarifies that it’ll take time and that the immediate focus after the war will be on rehabilitating Gaza.