US State Department weighing recognizing independent Palestinian state at end of Gaza war – report

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has asked the State Department to review the options for possibly recognizing a Palestinian state at the end of the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, Axios reports, citing two anonymous US officials.

According to the report, some members of the Biden administration believe that recognizing an independent Palestinian state, alongside Israel, could be the first step to resolving the conflict between the two parties.

It is also examining the possibility of not using its veto power to block the United Nations Security Council from admitting Palestine as a full member state, Axios reports.

At present, US law would require the Biden administration to halt all funding to the UN if the body recognized Palestine as a permanent member state.

Blinken is also said to have asked for a review on what a demilitarized Palestinian state could look like.

The White House is aware of the reviews being conducted, Axios says.

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