Blinken calls Dermer to reiterate ‘profound condolences,’ reaffirm ‘unequivocal US support for Israel’

FILE - US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (left) hosts Strategic Affairs Minister Ron Dermer, August 17, 2023. (Secretary of State Blinken, via Twitter)
FILE - US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (left) hosts Strategic Affairs Minister Ron Dermer, August 17, 2023. (Secretary of State Blinken, via Twitter)

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke on the phone today with Strategic Affairs Ron Dermer and reiterated “his profound condolences for the Hamas terrorist attack on Israel,” the State Department says.

Blinken also “reaffirmed unequivocal US support for Israel’s right to defend itself and its citizens against this attack.”

Blinken and Dermer agree that Hamas’ shocking terror onslaught on Saturday in which its terrorists killed children, women elderly people, and captured over 100, “have no justification, no legitimacy, and must be universally condemned,” says the statement, issued by State Department Spokesperson Matthew Miller.

Blinken earlier spoke to Israeli President Isaac Herzog and is set to visit Israel on Thursday in a show of “solidarity and support” from the Biden administration.

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