Here’s that Blinken message we were talking about, touting the possibility of more normalization deals on the horizon, though he does not say it will necessarily happen this year.
“The United States welcomes and supports the recent normalization agreements,” Blinken says in a message on Israel’s 73rd Independence Day eve. “We will continue to urge more countries to normalize relations with Israel and will look for other opportunities to expand cooperation among countries in the region.
We send our warmest wishes to the people of Israel as you celebrate your independence day. Our commitment to Israel’s security is ironclad, and we look forward to strengthening all aspects of our partnership. Yom ha’atzmaut sameach! pic.twitter.com/Dzz70DQbXb
— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) April 14, 2021
“As a result, I expect Israel’s group of friends to grow even wider in the years ahead.”
The US secretary notes Israel’s world-leading vaccination campaign, salutes its “determination, bravery and ingenuity” and says the US commitment to its security “is ironclad.”