Blinken meets FM Katz, touts ‘real opportunities’ regarding Israel’s Mideast integration

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Foreign Minister Israel Katz, second from right, meets US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, third from left, in Tel Aviv on January 9, 2024. (Shlomi Amsalem/Foreign Ministry)
Foreign Minister Israel Katz, second from right, meets US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, third from left, in Tel Aviv on January 9, 2024. (Shlomi Amsalem/Foreign Ministry)

Foreign Minister Israel Katz meets US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Tel Aviv, and stresses that bringing the hostages home, returning displaced Israelis to their communities in the south, and restoring a sense of security is only possible if Hamas is defeated and Hezbollah withdraws from the border area in Lebanon.

“I know of your own efforts, over many years, to build much greater connectivity and integration in the Middle East, and I think there are actually real opportunities there,” responds Blinken.

“But we have to get through this very challenging moment and ensure that October 7 can never happen again and work to build a much different and much better future.”

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