War cabinet minister Gantz tells Blinken Israel committed to removing Hamas as threat

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

War cabinet minister Benny Gantz tweets that he emphasized in his meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken today that “Israel is committed to completing the task of removing the threat of Hamas in the south, and bringing about a change in the situation in the north of the country to allow the return of the residents.”

State Department Spokesman Matthew Miller says that Blinken — in addition to discussing with Gantz the release of hostages and the dismantling of Hamas terrorist infrastructure — “underscored the urgent need to protect civilian lives and accelerate the delivery of humanitarian aid to Palestinians in Gaza, including through an effective deconfliction mechanism.”

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