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Following Biden’s lead, Blinken makes condolence call to Israeli counterpart Ashkenazi

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent based in New York

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (L) and Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi. (Collage/AP)
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (L) and Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi. (Collage/AP)

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has phoned his Israeli counterpart Gabi Ashkenazi to express his condolences over the mass casualty incident at Mount Meron.

“The Secretary noted that the United States stands ready to assist Israel during this difficult time,” according to a readout from the State Department. “[Blinken] reiterated that – just as this is a tragedy for both of our countries – the bond between the United States and Israel is ironclad, and that the United States mourns the lives lost alongside Israel.”

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