US President Joe Biden hailed the Egypt-mediated ceasefire reached between israel and Hamas on Thursday after 11 days of violence, underscoring that Palestinians and Israelis “equally deserve” to live safely and securely, enjoying “equal measures of freedom”, while assuring Tel Aviv of “full support” to help it “replenish” its Iron Dome system.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken credited the “relentless, determined, but quiet diplomacy” of Joe Biden’s administration with brokering the unconditional ceasefire between israel and Hamas, which came into force on 21 May.
The truce, coming after 11 days that witnessed the most deadly spiral of violence the region had seen in years, was “critical” to allow the US “to make a pivot to building something more positive”, stated Blinken, appearing on ABC News on Sunday.
While reiterating that the Biden administration supports a “two-state solution” of the conflict, which envisions an independent State of Palestine alongside the State of Israel, he underscored that Washington would seek “equal measures of security” for Israelis and Palestinians.
Addressing the current situation in the areas that suffered the most from the recent conflagration, which involved rocket attacks and airstrikes that left 243 Palestinians and 13 Israelis dead, the US Secretary of State said:
The region faces a challenging rebuilding effort as Gaza’s water and power infrastructure have been damaged, with many countries pledging to…