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Blinken discussed Biden's peace plan for Gaza Strip with Netanyahu

Blinken discussed Biden's peace plan for Gaza Strip with Netanyahu US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (photo: Getty Images)

Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. During the meeting, the leaders discussed President Biden's proposal for establishing peace in the Gaza Strip, the release of hostages, and security in the region, according to the US State Department.

In a statement by press secretary Matthew Miller, it is noted that the US and other world leaders will support a comprehensive proposal laid out by President Biden, which will lead to an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, the release of all hostages, and a significant and sustained increase in humanitarian assistance for distribution throughout the Gaza territory.

"The Secretary underscored the United States’ ironclad commitment to Israel’s security, including through ensuring October 7 can never be repeated. He reiterated that the proposal on the table would unlock the possibility of calm along Israel’s northern border and further integration with countries in the region," the statement said.

Additionally, Blinken emphasized the importance of preventing the spread of the conflict and informed Netanyahu about current diplomatic efforts in planning for the post-conflict period, emphasizing the importance of these efforts for ensuring long-term peace, security, and stability for both Israelis and Palestinians.

Israel-Hamas war

After the Hamas attack on the Gaza Strip on October 7, 2023, the Israeli army launched a military operation against the terrorists, which is ongoing.

As of today, Israel controls most of the enclave, but dozens of hostages remain in the hands of the terrorists.

In early June, Israel proposed a three-phase ceasefire agreement to Hamas, which includes the return of hostages.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not rule out the possibility that Israel would end the war with Hamas in 42 days.

Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden has employed a clever tactic in the context of discussing a peace plan.