US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, arrived in Israel on Tuesday (25/5) and began a visit to several countries in the Middle East to support a strong ceasefire between Hamas and Tel Aviv.
Apart from Israel, a US State Department official said Blinken would also visit Ramallah, the West Bank, Palestine in the hope that the “ceasefire between Israel and Hamas can last” in the Gaza Strip. The US number one diplomat will also visit Egypt and Jordan.
“Our main focus is to maintain the ceasefire, provide assistance to people who need it,” the US State Department official was quoted as saying by Reuters.
In Israel, Blinken is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem and meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.
However, the US Foreign Ministry official said it was too early to discuss a broader peace process between Israel and Palestine.
Even so, US President Joe Biden stressed that a two-state solution is the only answer to solving the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The two-state solution is one of the peace ideas that have been supported by the international community, in which Israel and Palestine each establish an independent state and live side by side peacefully.
Biden promised even greater assistance to reconstruct the Gaza Strip, which was ravaged by the 11-day war between Hamas and Israel.
Despite being a close ally of Israel, the US has indeed supported a two-state solution in resolving the conflict between Tel Aviv and Ramallah.
However, in the era of President Donald Trump’s administration, the US traditional attitude in responding to this complex conflict has changed. In Trump’s hands, the US even recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
The city, which is holy to three religions, is one of the main sources of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict so far. Both Israel and Palestine claim Jerusalem as their capital.
Now, Biden ensures that the direction of US policy will return to what it used to be, namely supporting a two-state solution.
“There has been no change in my commitment to Israel’s security. Period. However, something has changed. The change is that we still need a two-state solution. That is the only answer,” said Biden.