Blinken meets with Jewish, Arab community leaders as Gaza war slated to intensify

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

From left, US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and US President Joe Biden listen during a meeting with European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in the Cabinet Room of the White House, October 20, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
From left, US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and US President Joe Biden listen during a meeting with European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in the Cabinet Room of the White House, October 20, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken held separate meetings earlier today with Jewish and Arab American community leaders to discuss the ongoing Gaza war.

“In both discussions, the Secretary condemned Hamas’ horrific terrorist attacks against Israel, reaffirmed the United States’ ironclad commitment to Israel’s security, outlined his recent engagements and travel to the Middle East, and described the United States’ efforts to see to it that all civilians are protected and to prevent the widening of the conflict,” the State Department says.

Blinken “stressed that no civilian life is worth more than another — whether Christian, Jewish, or Muslim – and emphasized ongoing US efforts to facilitate a steady flow of humanitarian assistance to civilians in Gaza, as we work with partners across the region to secure the release of additional hostages,” the State Department says.”He made clear that the United States continues to support the Palestinian people and a two-state solution and reiterated that Hamas does not represent Palestinians.”

“He strongly condemned racist, antisemitic, Islamophobic, and anti-Palestinian incidents, including appalling violence in this country and around the world, and underscored that hate has no place in America or anywhere else. The Secretary invited participants to share their perspectives, listened to the ideas put forward, and pledged that the Department would remain in close contact with their organizations and broader communities,” the US readout says.

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