US Secretary of State Antony Blinken notes that in addition to discussing the current war, the US is also focused on planning for the day after and that he discussed the matter with Arab counterparts while in Dubai today.
“How are we thinking about what happens in Gaza itself? How is it governed? Where does the security come from? How do we begin to rebuild? And critically, how do we get on a path to a just and lasting peace. For us, that has to result in a state for the Palestinians,” Blinken says.
“A lot of it requires hard work, tough decisions, commitments that various countries will have to make,” he continues, apparently referencing the US expectation that Arab allies will have to help manage Gaza’s security for an interim period until the Palestinian Authority is ready to take over.
“We know from many years of experience that none of it will be easy, but I think it’s more imperative than ever,” Blinken says.