Gantz, Blinken meet to discuss Gaza reconstruction, other issues

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

Defense Minister Benny Gantz has arrived at the US State Department for a meeting with Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Speaking to reporters ahead of the sit-down, Blinken says the two will discuss the US commitment to Israel’s security, “the needs that Israel has on that regard,” humanitarian assistance to Gaza and reconstruction efforts in the coastal enclave, along with other issues.

Gantz thanks Blinken for the Biden administration’s support for Israel, “which is really important for us in our challenging area.” He says he looks forward to discussing the issues of Iran, the Palestinians, Gaza, and “how we can work toward stability and prosperity for everybody.”

“As the defense minister, I think the combination of moving forward with [Gaza] construction and making sure that everything stays secure is very important,” he adds, hinting at the importance of preventing humanitarian aid from reaching Hamas.

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