US Secretary of State Reaffirms Support for Israel at Munich Conference

Sat Feb 17 2024
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MUNICH: Amidst the ongoing conflict in Gaza, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken reiterated Washington’s staunch support of Israel’s military operations during the Munich Security Conference held in Germany on Saturday.

In a panel discussion alongside his German and Indian counterparts, Blinken refrained from endorsing calls for a ceasefire, underscoring the United States’ unwavering support for Israel’s campaign in the region.

The conference, a platform for global leaders to address pressing security concerns, provided Blinken an opportunity to reaffirm America’s longstanding alliance with Israel. Despite mounting pressure for a cessation of hostilities, Blinken maintained the US stance, emphasizing the need for Israel’s integration into the broader Middle East landscape.

Since Israel initiated its air and ground offensive following an attack by Palestinian resistance groups Hamas on southern Israel on October 7, the toll on Gaza has been staggering. With over 28,000 Palestinians killed in the densely populated enclave, and significant displacement of civilians, the conflict has sparked international outcry and calls for immediate action to alleviate the humanitarian crisis.

Israel’s Military Aggression in Gaza

While Blinken’s remarks echoed Washington’s steadfast support for Israel, they stood in contrast to appeals for peace voiced by other participants at the conference. Wang Yi, Director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, advocated for a ceasefire and the acceleration of Palestinian statehood, emphasizing the enduring plight of generations of displaced Palestinians.

Despite diplomatic efforts, however, Israel’s military campaign continues unabated, with recent indications suggesting intensifying operations in the city of Rafah, now home to over 1.4 million Palestinians who have sought refuge amid the conflict.


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